PEOPLE v. FORDYCE

Calendar No. 3, Docket No. 51,085.

378 Mich. 208 (1966)

144 N.W.2d 340

PEOPLE v. FORDYCE.

Supreme Court of Michigan.

Decided August 24, 1966.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Frank J. Kelley, Attorney General, Robert A. Derengoski, Solicitor General, Donald L. Reisig, Prosecuting Attorney, and James R. Ramsey, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for the people.

Willingham, Learned, Cote & Spanos (John L. Cote of counsel), for defendant.


PER CURIAM:

Upon this appeal, defendant claims (1) a right to be advised of an absolute constitutional right to remain silent and (2) a right to be advised of the right to counsel at the time when he was being held after arrest and prior to judicial proceedings charging him with breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a larceny. CL 1948, § 750.110 (Stat Ann 1962 Rev § 28.305).1 The larceny occurred about 3 a.m., September 9, 1963. Defendant was found in the building. Although Fordyce was advised any statement must be voluntary and could be used against him, he was not advised of the two rights here claimed. The police officers who apprehended him obtained oral admissions at the time of his arrest. Fordyce signed a typed confession later the same day. Except as stated above, there is no dispute as to the voluntariness of defendant's confession.

On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (86 S.Ct. 1602, 16 L ed 2d 694, 10 ALR 3d 974), held (pp 478, 479):

"When an individual is taken into custody or otherwise deprived of his freedom by the authorities and is subjected to questioning, the privilege against self-incrimination2 is jeopardized. Procedural safeguards must be employed to protect the privilege, and unless other fully effective means are adopted to notify the person of his right of silence and to assure that the exercise of the right will be scrupulously honored, the following measures are required. He must be warned prior to any questioning that he has the right to remain silent, that anything he says can be used against him in a court of law, that he has the right to the presence of an attorney, and that if he cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed for him prior to any questioning if he so desires. Opportunity to exercise these rights must be afforded to him throughout the interrogation. After such warnings have been given, and such opportunity afforded him, the individual may knowingly and intelligently waive these rights and agree to answer questions or make a statement. But unless and until such warnings and waiver are demonstrated by the prosecution at trial, no evidence obtained as a result of interrogation can be used against him."

On June 20, 1966, the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Johnson v. New Jersey, 384 U.S. 719 (86 S.Ct. 1772, 16 L ed 2d 882), held that the guidelines set forth in Miranda are available only to persons whose trials had not begun as of June 13, 1966. Fordyce was tried in circuit court for Ingham county by jury trial beginning April 20, 1964. On April 23, 1964, the jury returned a verdict of guilty.

The Supreme Court of the United States stated in Johnson, supra (p 731):

"Retroactive application of Escobedo and Miranda would seriously disrupt the administration of our criminal laws. It would require the retrial or release of numerous prisoners found guilty by trustworthy evidence in conformity with previously announced constitutional standards. Prior to Escobedo and Miranda, few States were under any enforced compulsion on account of local law to grant requests for the assistance of counsel or to advise accused persons of their privilege against self-incrimination."

In Michigan, prior to Escobedo v. Illinois (1964), 378 U.S. 478 (84 S.Ct. 1758, 12 L ed 2d 977), neither of the rights contended for by defendant (to be advised of the right to remain silent and to be advised of the right to counsel) was recognized.

Fordyce was represented by legal counsel on trial and at the preliminary examination. The police officers testified he was apprehended inside a medical building when a routine inspection disclosed a breaking and entering. Following his arrest, a search of his person revealed possession of coins which Dr. B. Wayne Bingham testified came from his coin collection. The desk where the coin collection was kept had been ransacked. Fordyce's typed and signed statement contains the following questions and answers:

"Q. Do you realize that this statement you are about to give must be given voluntarily without having received any threats or promises from anyone?

"A. Yes.

"Q. Do you understand that the statement may be used against you in any action that may follow?

"A. Yes."

Fordyce was found guilty by trustworthy evidence in accordance with previously established constitutional standards. Since his case does not come within the rules announced in Miranda, and his confession is not otherwise claimed to be an involuntary one, there is no need to remand for determination of voluntariness in accordance with People v. Walker (On Rehearing) (1965), 374 Mich. 331.

Judgment affirmed.

T.M. KAVANAGH, C.J., and KELLY, BLACK, SOURIS, SMITH, O'HARA, and ADAMS, JJ., concurred.

DETHMERS, J., did not sit.

FootNotes


1. This section was amended by PA 1964, No 133, which is not applicable herein.
2. See US Const, Am 5, Mich Const 1963, art 1, § 17. — REPORTER.

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