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State v. Leuck

Court of Appeals of Arizona, Division One
Jan 12, 1971
13 Ariz. App. 260 (Ariz. Ct. App. 1971)


No. 1 CA-CR 244.

October 26, 1970. Rehearing Denied November 20, 1970. Review Granted January 12, 1971.

Defendant was convicted before the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Cause No. CR 58540, John E. Burke, J., of possession of marijuana and he appealed. The Court of Appeals, Hathaway, J., held that fact that defendant's guilty plea was the result of a bargain did not vitiate the plea on the theory that it was not knowingly and intelligently made.


Gary K. Nelson, Atty. Gen. by Carl Waag, Asst. Atty. Gen., Phoenix, for appellee.

Ross P. Lee, Public Defender by James H. Kemper, Deputy Public Defender, Phoenix, for appellant.

This is an appeal from a judgment of conviction of the offense of possession of marijuana and the sentence imposed thereon.

The defendant challenges the validity of the judgment on the grounds that his plea of guilty was not voluntarily and intelligently made. We agree that a defendant must enter a guilty plea freely and voluntarily and with understanding of the nature and consequences of the plea. State v. Willard, 102 Ariz. 271, 428 P.2d 423 (1967); Machibroda v. United States, 368 U.S. 487, 82 S.Ct. 510, 7 L.Ed.2d 473 (1962). However, we do not agree with defendant that since the guilty plea was the result of a "bargain", it is thereby vitiated. Cortez v. United States, 337 F.2d 699 (9th Cir. 1964); State v. Linsner, 105 Ariz. 488, 467 P.2d 238 (1970).

Defendant also attacks the judgment on the grounds that the trial court failed to comply with the standards enunciated in Boykin v. Alabama, 395 U.S. 238, 89 S.Ct. 1709, 23 L.Ed.2d 274 (1969). We decline, however, to consider the claim of Boykin defects since this matter has not been presented to the trial court.

The defendant's plea was the result of a plea bargain and this court has consistently adhered to the rule that we will not consider a Boykin attack in the absence of a prior application to the trial court, pursuant to Rule 60(c), Rules of Civil Procedure, 16 A.R.S., to vacate the guilty plea. State v. Brown, 9 Ariz. App. 323, 451 P.2d 901 (1969); State v. Myers, 12 Ariz. App. 409, 471 P.2d 294 (1970); State v. Maxwell, 13 Ariz. App. 281, 475 P.2d 766.

Defendant's counsel has made an impassioned plea for reduction of the defendant's sentence, arguing that neither society nor defendant will be benefited by a lengthy incarceration of defendant. He also questions the wisdom of legislation prohibiting possession of marijuana. However, it is not this court's function to question legislative wisdom nor do we interfere with the sentencing court's discretion, when the sentence imposed is within the statutory limits, in the absence of a manifest abuse thereof.

The judgment and sentence are affirmed.

HOWARD, C.J., and KRUCKER, J., concur.

NOTE: This cause was decided by the Judges of Division Two as authorized by A.R.S. § 12-120, subsec. E.

Summaries of

State v. Leuck

Court of Appeals of Arizona, Division One
Jan 12, 1971
13 Ariz. App. 260 (Ariz. Ct. App. 1971)
Case details for

State v. Leuck

Case Details

Full title:STATE of Arizona, Appellee, v. Michael Duane LEUCK, Appellant

Court:Court of Appeals of Arizona, Division One

Date published: Jan 12, 1971


13 Ariz. App. 260 (Ariz. Ct. App. 1971)
475 P.2d 745

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