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State of Hawaii, Plaintiff-Appellant v. Joseph M. Maxilom

January 19, 2012

STATE OF HAWAII, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
JOSEPH M. MAXILOM, DEFENDANT-APPELLEE



APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIRST CIRCUIT (S.P.P. NO. 10-1-0030; CR. NO. 06-1-1484)

NOT FOR PUBLICATION IN WEST'S HAWAII REPORTS OR THE PACIFIC REPORTER

SUMMARY DISPOSITION ORDER

(By: Fujise, Presiding Judge, Reifurth and Ginoza, JJ.)

Petitioner-Appellant Joseph M. Maxilom ("Maxilom"), pro se, appeals from the Findings of Fact; Conclusions of Law; Order Denying Petition for Post-Conviction Relief filed on October 1, 2010 in the Circuit Court of the First Circuit ("Circuit Court").*fn1 The Circuit Court denied Maxilom's Hawaii Rules of Penal Procedure petition for post-conviction relief (alternatively, "Rule 40 Petition" or "Petition") without a hearing, finding that there was substantial evidence to support Maxilom's conviction and his claims were "patently frivolous and without a trace of support from the record[.]"

On appeal, Maxilom argues that his trial counsel provided him with ineffective counsel:

(1) "Trial counsel violated [Maxilom's] Sixth Amendment right by trial counsel's failure to call as witnesses any of the ten witnesses requested by [Maxilom]."

(2) "Trial counsel failed to conduct a pre investigation with certain witnesses that [Maxilom] told trial counsel to interview because witness was [Maxilom's] alibi[.]"

(3) "Trial counsel denied [Maxilom] of his constitutional right to cross-examine witnesses and alleged victim regarding her recantation to detective and officer; prosecution's case rested solely on victim's credibility, and such cross-examination was essential to truth-finding process because victim might have admitted to lying about charges to private investigator."

Maxilom also contends that (4) his appellate counsel provided ineffective assistance of counsel when appellate counsel "tricked [Maxilom] into signing a paper by telling him it was to release information to counsel on his appeal" when it was really "to cancel his direct appeal." Consequently, Maxilom argues, he did not knowingly, intelligently, or voluntarily waive his right to appeal.*fn2

Upon careful review of the record and the briefs submitted by the parties and having given due consideration to the arguments advanced and the issues raised by the parties, we resolve Maxilom's points of error as follows:

The Circuit Court did not err in denying Maxilom's Rule 40 Petition without a hearing. The record on appeal does not indicate that Maxilom's Petition raised a colorable claim so as to require a hearing before the Circuit Court. See Haw. R. Pen. P. 40(f) (court may deny a hearing if the petitioner's claim is patently frivolous and is without a trace of support either in the record or from other evidence submitted by the petitioner); Barnett v. State, 91 Hawaii 20, 26, 979 P.2d 1046, 1052 (1999) (question is whether the trial record indicates that petitioner's application for relief made such a showing of a colorable claim as to require a hearing before the lower court). To the extent that we understand his arguments in his Rule 40 Petition and on appeal, Maxilom failed to show that he was provided with ineffective assistance of counsel as follows:

(1) & (2) Maxilom did not make a colorable claim that he was denied effective assistance of trial counsel because he failed to assert how his trial counsel's failure to call various witnesses resulted in "the withdrawal or substantial impairment of a potentially meritorious defense." Barnett, 91 Hawaii at 26-27, 979 P.2d at 1052-53; Dan v. State, 76 Hawaii 423, 427, 879 P.2d 528, 532 (1994) (setting forth the standard for ineffective assistance of counsel claims under Hawaii Rules of Penal Procedure Rule 40); See also State v. Antone, 62 Haw. 346, 348-49, 615 P.2d 101, 104 (1980) (stating that the burden is on appellant to establish an ineffective assistance of counsel claim). The failure to call a witness at trial does not raise a colorable claim of ineffective assistance unless the Appellant can relate the witness to an issue in the trial and can explain how the withdrawal or substantial impairment of a potentially meritorious defense is caused by the failure to call that witness.

(a) Any reputation or opinion evidence of the complainant's past sexual behavior would have been barred because it was not "constitutionally required to be admitted," "the source of semen or injury" was not at issue, and consent was not an element of either offense. Haw. R. Evid. 412(a), 412(b) & cmt.; HAW. REV. STAT. §§ 707-730(1)(b) (Supp. 2006) & -732(1)(b) (Supp. 2006).

(b) Whether complainant's school attendance record showed she was at school the week of February 13 through 17, 2006 or Maxilom's attendance record could confirm that Maxilom was at work on February 14, 2006 was of little consequence, given that complainant testified at trial that the first incidents occurred on the weekend and she never saw Maxilom during the school week, and Maxilom's trial counsel ...


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