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State v. Henderson

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth District

June 19, 2013

STATE OF OHIO PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE
v.
PAUL S. HENDERSON DEFENDANT-APPELLANT

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-530899 Application for Reopening Motion No. 464772

FOR APPELLANT Paul S. Henderson, pro se Inmate No. 573-468 Marion Correctional Institution.

ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE Timothy J. McGinty Cuyahoga County Prosecutor By: Diane Smilanick Assistant County Prosecutor.

JOURNAL ENTRY AND OPINION

FRANK D. CELEBREZZE, JR, JUDGE.

{¶ 1} On May 7, 2013, the applicant, Paul Henderson, pursuant to App.R. 26(B) and State v. Murnahan, 63 Ohio St.3d 60, 584 N.E.2d 1204 (1992), applied to reopen this court's judgment in State v. Henderson, 8th Dist. No. 95655, 2012-Ohio-1040, in which this court affirmed Henderson's convictions for drug trafficking, drug possession, and possession of criminal tools. Henderson claims that he was deprived of the effective assistance of appellate counsel. For the following reasons, this court denies the application.

{¶2} App.R. 26(B)(1) and (2)(b) require applications claiming ineffective assistance of appellate counsel to be filed within 90 days from journalization of the decision unless the applicant shows good cause for filing at a later time. The May 2013 application was filed approximately 14 months after this court's decision. Thus, it is untimely on its face. In an effort to establish good cause, Henderson argues that he did not receive notice of this court's decision until August 2012, and then had difficulty in obtaining the record from the public defender's office, and then needed months of research to formulate his argument. However, lack of a transcript does not state good cause for an untimely filing. State v. Lawson, 8th Dist. No. 84402, 2005-Ohio-880, reopening disallowed, 2006-Ohio-3839.

{¶3} Moreover, the Supreme Court of Ohio in State v. LaMar, 102 Ohio St.3d 467, 2004-Ohio-3976, 812 N.E.2d 970, and State v. Gumm, 103 Ohio St.3d 162, 2004-Ohio-4755, 814 N.E.2d 861, held that the 90-day deadline for filing must be strictly enforced. In those cases, the applicants argued that after the court of appeals decided their cases, their appellate lawyers continued to represent them, and their appellate lawyers could not be expected to raise their own incompetence. Although the Supreme Court agreed with this latter principle, it rejected the argument that continued representation provided good cause. The court then reaffirmed the principle that lack of effort, imagination, and ignorance of the law do not establish good cause for failure to seek timely relief under App.R. 26(B).

{¶ 4} Additionally, Henderson represented himself on appeal. Throughout these proceedings, Henderson repeatedly submitted filings, such as motions for default judgment and summary judgment, to obtain his immediate release from prison. The final brief was his own work, and in his supporting affidavit he states: "I was ineffective because I failed to raise a winning issue." Because Henderson represented himself in the appeal, he is now precluded from arguing ineffective assistance of appellate counsel. State v. Boone, 114 Ohio App.3d 275, 683 N.E.2d 67 (7th Dist.1996); and State v. Jackson, 8th Dist. No. 80118, 2002-Ohio-5461. As the United States Supreme Court noted in Faretta v. California, All U.S. 806, 834, 95 S.Ct. 2525, 45 L.Ed.2d 562 (1975), fn. 46, "a defendant who elects to represent himself cannot thereafter complain that the quality of his own defense amounted to a denial of 'effective assistance of counsel.'"

{¶ 5} Accordingly, this court denies the application to ...


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