JACKSON v. WARDEN

[App. No. 49, September Term, 1964.]

236 Md. 634 (1964)

204 A.2d 566

JACKSON v. WARDEN OF THE MARYLAND PENITENTIARY

Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Decided November 13, 1964.


PER CURIAM:

Application for leave to appeal from a denial of post conviction relief is denied for the reasons assigned by Judge Jones in the court below. On one point, however, we think it well to file a caveat. In disposing of the applicant's contention that his confession was improperly admitted, Judge Jones correctly found that there was sufficient evidence that it was voluntary. But she also stated that the point could not be raised in a post conviction proceeding, citing Cheeseboro v. Warden, 224 Md. 660, 662, and Whitley v. Warden, 222 Md. 608. The statement may be inaccurate or misleading in view of recent rulings of the Supreme Court holding that some of the common law rules of evidence violate due process. It seems clear under Code (1964 Supp.), Art. 27, sec. 645A(a) that alleged violations of constitutional rights may be inquired into in a post conviction proceeding, if they nullify the trial and have not been previously litigated or waived. Cf. Simon v. Director, 235 Md. 626, 629, and Hyde v. Warden, 235 Md. 641, 648.

Application denied.


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