Home JAMES T. ANDERSON vs. EDWARD FRODERMAN & others.

361 Mass. 890

May 3, 1972

In this suit in equity the docket discloses that following the assignment of the matter for trial the plaintiff was given notice under S.J.C. Rule 3:15, 351 Mass. 798 , that his deposition was to be taken at an appointed time and place. He failed to appear. The defendants moved to dismiss, and at the hearing on the motion the plaintiff admitted "that he had been served with a notice relative to the taking of a deposition and further . . . [stated] in open court that he would not obey the notice and would not permit his deposition to be taken." Upon this, the motion to dismiss was allowed. S.J.C. Rule 3:15, Section 8 (c), 351 Mass. 798 , 811. There was no error in the final decree dismissing the bill with costs.

Decree affirmed.

Home ARTHUR T. ODSEN v. COMMONWEALTH.

361 Mass. 890

May 3, 1972

This is a petition for a writ of error to review judgments of conviction in a criminal case. After the decision in Odsen v. Moore, 445 F. 2d 896 (1st Cir.), the petition was heard on the merits before a single justice who made findings, rulings and an order that the judgments be affirmed. The case comes here on the petitioner's exceptions. Two errors were assigned: that he was denied his right under the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States to effective assistance of counsel (1) because of the antagonism of the defences between the petitioner and his co-defendant during their criminal trial and (2) because of his counsel's failure to perfect an appeal from the judgments resulting from that trial. The single justice found that he wilfully and intelligently discharged his attorney from further service to him immediately after the jury verdicts, that he was at all material times fully aware of his appellate rights, and that he had no desire for appellate review of the verdicts except as a long delayed afterthought more than two years after the verdicts. Cf. Wynn v. Page, 369 F. 2d 930, 932-933 (10th Cir.). As he waived before the single justice his assignment of error concerning the antagonism of defences, these findings are dispositive of the petition and defeat the claim of error assigned. See Dolan v. Commonwealth, 304 Mass. 325 , 346; Guerin v. Commonwealth, 339 Mass. 731 , 734. Like the single justice, we also reviewed the transcript of evidence at the trial of the indictments to determine the merit of the exceptions taken at the trial and find no rulings which constitute reversible

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error. The alleged admissions of the petitioner received in evidence were made after warnings by the police which met the standards of Malloy v. Hogan, 378 U.S. 1, 8, and Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478, 490-491. As the trial preceded the decision in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, the standards of that decision need not be applied. Johnson v. New Jersey, 384 U.S. 719, 733-736. Other exceptions related to various points of evidence, most of which rested in discretion. There is no reasonable possibility that the evidence admitted subject to the latter exceptions contributed to the convictions, and its admission, therefore, was at most harmless error. Schneble v. Florida, 405 U.S. 427, 430.

Exceptions overruled.