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Bailey v. State

Supreme Court of Delaware

October 15, 2013

Edmund F. BAILEY, Defendant Below, Appellant,
v.
STATE of Delaware, Plaintiff Below, Appellee.

Submitted: Aug. 16, 2013.

Editorial Note:

This decision has been designated as "Table of Decisions Without Published Opinions." in the Atlantic Reporter.

Court Below— Superior Court of the State of Delaware in and for New Castle County, Cr. ID No. 0009007758.

Before STEELE, Chief Justice, JACOBS and RIDGELY, Justices.

ORDER

HENRY DuPONT RIDGELY, Justice.

This 15th day of October 2013, upon consideration of the parties' briefs and the Superior Court record, it appears to the Court that:

(1) After a bench trial in April 2002, the appellant, Edmund F. Bailey, was convicted of multiple drug and weapon offenses. Prior to trial, the Superior Court denied Bailey's motion to suppress after finding that he had no reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to his activities in a rented commercial storage unit.[1] On direct appeal, this Court affirmed the Superior Court's decision .[2]

(2) In 2004, Bailey filed his first motion for postconviction relief under Superior Court Criminal Rule 61 (" Rule 61" ). As grounds for relief, Bailey challenged the video surveillance of his rental storage unit and argued that he was denied a preliminary hearing and the effective assistance of counsel. By order dated December 13, 2004, the Superior Court denied Bailey's claims as procedurally barred under Rule 61(i) and as without merit. [3] Bailey's appeal from that order was dismissed in 2005 for his failure to file his opening brief.[4] In 2010, we affirmed the Superior Court's denial of Bailey's second motion for postconviction relief [5] as procedurally barred.[6]

(3) In December 2011, Bailey filed his third motion for postconviction relief. By order dated June 26, 2012, the Superior Court summarily dismissed two of the three claims raised by Bailey and denied the third claim after considering the State's response and Bailey's reply.[7]

(4) On appeal, Bailey argues that the denial of his postconviction motion was an abuse of discretion. Bailey also argues, as he did in his postconviction motion, that the retroactive application of the Superior Court's 2010 decision in State v. Holden mandates the suppression of evidence in Bailey's case. [8]

(5) After careful consideration of the parties' briefs, we conclude that the denial of Bailey's third motion for postconviction relief should be affirmed on the basis of the Superior Court's well-reasoned decision of June 26, 2012. [9] The Superior Court did not err when determining that Bailey's third postconviction raised claims that were either procedurally barred or were without merit. On appeal, Bailey has not demonstrated that consideration of his claims is warranted " in the interest of justice," [10] because of " a miscarriage of justice" [11] or based on a newly recognized " retroactively applicable right." [12]

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED that the judgment of the Superior Court is AFFIRMED.


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