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Johnson v. State

Supreme Court of Delaware

May 28, 2014

JOHN C. JOHNSON, Defendant Below, Appellant,
v.
STATE OF DELAWARE, Plaintiff Below, Appellee

Submitted: April 4, 2014.

Motion for Rehearing en Banc filed 6/4/14;

Denied 6/5/14.

Case Closed June 6, 2014.

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. 9703006446.

Before BERGER, JACOBS and RIDGELY, Justices.

OPINION

Jack B. Jacobs, Justice.

ORDER

This 28th day of May 2014, upon consideration of the parties' briefs and the record on appeal, it appears to the Court that:

(1) The appellant, John C. Johnson, appeals from the Superior Court's June 17, 2013 denial of his motion for postconviction relief under Superior Court Criminal Rule 61 (" Rule 61" ). We conclude there is no merit to the appeal and affirm the Superior Court's judgment.

(2) The record reflects that, on March 23, 1998, Johnson pled guilty to Aggravated Menacing and was sentenced to two years at Level V, suspended for two years at Level III. On June 24, 1998, Johnson was adjudged guilty of violation of probation (" VOP" ) and was sentenced, effective June 23, 1998, to two years at Level V suspended for six months at Level IV followed by eighteen months at Level III. On December 1, 1999, Johnson was again adjudged guilty of VOP and was sentenced, effective August 26, 1999, to one year at Level V.

(3) On March 7, 2013, Johnson filed a motion for postconviction relief under Rule 61. Johnson claimed that his 1998 guilty plea and sentence were a " nullity" because the Superior Court lacked jurisdiction over the charges. Johnson also claimed that his defense counsel's failure in 1998 to recognize ...


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