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State v. Barksdale

Superior Court of Delaware, New Castle

July 8, 2014

STATE OF DELAWARE
v.
NATHANIEL BARKSDALE, Defendant.

ORDER

PAUL R. WALLACE, JUDGE

This 8th day of July, 2014, upon consideration of Petitioner/Defendant Nathaniel Barksdale's Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus, [1] the Commissioner's Report and Recommendation and the record in this case, the Court finds the following:

1) The Petitioner/Defendant, Nathaniel Barksdale, is under indictment and being held in lieu of bail for: one count of Arson in the Second Degree, one count of Arson in the Third Degree, and two counts of Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree.[2]

2) This Petition was before Superior Court Commissioner Mark S. Vavala pursuant to 10 Del. C. § 512(b) and Superior Court Civil Rule 132 for proposed findings of facts and recommendations for a disposition.

3) The Commissioner has filed the attached Report and Recommendation suggesting that the Court deny Barksdale's Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus. No objections to the Report have been filed.

4) Barksdale appears to contend that this Court should grant his petition for a writ of habeas corpus now because, in his view, the State's evidence is insufficient to convict him.[3] This contention is without merit. In Delaware, the writ of habeas corpus provides relief on a very limited basis.[4]Pursuant to § 6902(1) of Title 10, a writ of habeas corpus may not be issued to any person "committed or detained on a charge of treason or felony, the species whereof is plainly and fully set forth in the commitment." Consequently, no prisoner whose commitment is regular on its face can obtain release through a state habeas corpus petition.[5] The record in this case reflects that Barksdale is charged with numerous felony and misdemeanor offenses over which the Superior Court clearly has jurisdiction.[6] Secured bail was set at the time of Barksdale's original commitment and he has had the opportunity to have that bail reviewed at least twice. (D.I. 1, 2, and 6). Accordingly, Barksdale, whose commitment is regular on its face, is not entitled to habeas corpus relief.[7]

NOW THEREFORE, after careful and de novo review of the record in this action, and for reasons stated here and in the Commissioner's Report and Recommendations of June 13, 2014,

IT IS ORDERED that the Commissioner's Report, including its recommendation, is adopted by the Court. Barksdale's Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus is DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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