KENNETH T. DEPUTY, Defendant-Below, Appellant,
STATE OF DELAWARE, Plaintiff-Below, Appellee
Submitted June 11, 2014
Motion for Reargument filed July 22, 2014; Denied August 15, 2014. Case Closed August 15, 2014.
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 Kent County. Cr. ID 9612008864.
Before STRINE, Chief Justice, HOLLAND, and BERGER, Justices.
Leo E. Strine, Jr. Chief Justice
This 14th day of July 2014, upon consideration of the opening brief, the appellee's motion to affirm under Supreme Court Rule 25(a), and the record, it appears to the Court that:
(1) The defendant-appellant, Kenneth T. Deputy, filed this appeal from the Superior Court's summary dismissal of his fifth motion for postconviction relief. The State of Delaware has filed a motion to affirm the judgment below on the ground that it is manifest on the face of Deputy's opening brief that his appeal is without merit. We agree and affirm.
(2) In September 1997, Deputy was found guilty by a Superior Court jury of attempted first degree robbery, first degree assault, and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. Deputy was sentenced to twenty-seven years of Level V incarceration, suspended after twenty-two years for decreasing levels of supervision. This Court affirmed Deputy's convictions on direct appeal. Since then, Deputy has filed four unsuccessful motions under Superior Court Criminal Rule 61 (" Rule 61" ) and an unsuccessful habeas corpus petition in federal court.
(3) On September 6, 2013, Deputy filed his fifth motion for postconviction relief with a supporting memorandum of law. Deputy also moved for an evidentiary hearing, appointment of counsel, and transcripts. On April 17, 2014, the Superior Court summarily dismissed Deputy's fifth postconviction motion as barred under Rule 61(i)(1), (i)(2), (i)(3), and (i)(4). The Superior Court denied the motion for an evidentiary hearing and the motion for appointment of counsel as moot and denied the motion for transcripts. This appeal followed.
(4) This Court reviews the Superior Court's denial of postconviction relief for abuse of discretion and questions of law de novo. The Court must consider the procedural requirements of Rule 61 before addressing any substantive issues.
(5) In his fifth postconviction motion and the accompanying memorandum, Deputy claimed: (1) the procedural bars of Rule 61 should not apply because unbriefed points raised by Deputy in connection with his counsel's preparation of a Supreme Court Rule 26(c) (" Rule 26" ) brief should not have been considered on direct appeal; (2) there was misconduct and perjury by the arresting officer; (3) a photo line-up was impermissibly suggestive; (4) the arrest warrant and indictment were defective; (5) the Superior Court should have given a missing evidence instruction after a photo array was lost or destroyed between Deputy's first and second trials;  (6) there was insufficient evidence supporting his convictions; (7) there was corruption and misconduct by court officials, police, prosecutors, and public defenders; (8) his trial counsel's filing of a Rule 26(c) brief was improper and unconstitutional; and (9) ineffective assistance of counsel based upon conflicts of interest and the failure to challenge the indictment, move to suppress the photo array, continue challenging the loss of the photo array after the trial court denied ...