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State of Ohio v. John F. Szorady

October 4, 2011

STATE OF OHIO PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE
v.
JOHN F. SZORADY DEFENDANT-APPELLANT



Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Case No. CR-526119

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Colleen Conway Cooney, J.:

JOURNAL ENTRY AND OPINION

JUDGMENT:

APPLICATION DENIED

Application for Reopening Motion No. 446145

{¶1} John F. Szorady has filed an application for reopening pursuant to App.R. 26(B). Szorady is attempting to reopen the appellate judgment in State v. Szorady, Cuyahoga App. No. 95045, 2011-Ohio-1800, which affirmed his conviction and sentence for the offenses of rape, sexual battery, pandering, intimidation, and possessing criminal tools. We decline to reopen Szorady's appeal.

{¶2} App.R. 26(B)(2)(b) requires that Szorady establish "a showing of good cause for untimely filing if the application is filed more than 90 days after journalization of the appellate judgment," which is subject to reopening. The Supreme Court of Ohio, with regard to the 90-day deadline provided by App.R. 26(B)(2)(b), has firmly established that:

"We now reject [the applicant's] claim that those excuses gave him good cause to miss the 90-day deadline in App.R. 26(B). The rule was amended to include the 90-day deadline more than seven months before [the applicant's] appeal of right was decided by the court of appeals in February 1994, so the rule was firmly established then, just as it is today. Consistent enforcement of the rule's deadline by the appellate courts in Ohio protects on the one hand the state's legitimate interest in the finality of its judgments and ensures on the other hand that any claims of ineffective assistance of appellate counsel are promptly examined and resolved.

"Ohio and other states 'may erect reasonable procedural requirements for triggering the right to an adjudication,' Logan v. Zimmerman Brush Co. (1982), 455 U.S. 422, 437, 102 S.Ct 1148, 71 L.Ed 2d 265, and that is what Ohio has done by creating a 90-day deadline for the filing of applications to reopen. [The applicant] could have retained new attorneys after the court of appeals issued its decision in 1994, or he could have filed the application on his own. What he could not do was ignore the rule's filing deadline. * * * The 90-day requirement in the rule is 'applicable to all appellants,' State v. Winstead (1996), 74 Ohio St.3d 277, 278, 658 N.E.2d 722, and [the applicant] offers no sound reason why he -- unlike so many other Ohio criminal defendants -- could not comply with that fundamental aspect of the rule." (Emphasis added.) State v. Gumm, 103 Ohio St.3d 162, 2004-Ohio-4755, 814 N.E.2d 861, at ¶7. See, also, State v. LaMar, 102 Ohio St.3d 467, 2004-Ohio-3976, 812 N.E.2d 970; State v. Cooey, 73 Ohio St.3d 411, 1995-Ohio-328, 653 N.E.2d 252; State v. Reddick, 72 Ohio St.3d 88, 1995-Ohio-249, 647 N.E.2d 784.

{¶3} Herein, Szorady is attempting to reopen the appellate judgment that was journalized on April 14, 2011. The application for reopening was not filed until July 15, 2011, more than 90 days after journalization of the appellate judgment in Szorady. Szorady has failed to establish "a showing of good cause" for the untimely filing of his application for reopening. State v. Klein (Apr. 8, 1991), Cuyahoga App. No. 58389, reopening disallowed (Mar. 15, 1994), Motion No. 49260, affirmed (1994), 69 Ohio St.3d 1481; State v. Trammell (July 24, 1995), Cuyahoga App. No. 67834, reopening disallowed (Apr. 22, 1996), Motion No. 70493; State v. Travis (Apr. 5, 1990), Cuyahoga App. No. 56825, reopening disallowed (Nov. 2, 1994), Motion No. 51073, affirmed (1995), 72 Ohio St.3d 317. See, also, State v. Gaston (Jan. 1, 2007), Cuyahoga App. No. 79626; State v. Torres, Cuyahoga App. No. 86530, 2007-Ohio-9.

{¶4} Accordingly, the application for reopening is denied.

COLLEEN CONWAY COONEY, JUDGE

JAMES J. SWEENEY, P.J., and LARRY A. ...


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