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GRAY v. THE STATE.
60778.
SOGNIER, Judge.
Burglary. Glynn Superior Court. Before Judge Killian.
Appellant, Barry Evans Gray, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of burglary. After a hearing, the plea of guilty was accepted by the court. Appellant now contends that his trial counsel "rendered ineffective assistance in advising that appellant would have opportunity to withdraw the plea after the sentence was announced."
When the court announced the sentence, appellant sought to withdraw his plea as indicated by the following dialogue:
"Mr. Davis: If it please the Court, I respectfully submit this to the Court, the Defendant has just stated to me that he would like very much to withdraw his plea.
"The Court: Well, I've already filed it with the clerk, Mr. Davis; it's already been signed and filed with the clerk. So he can't withdraw the plea . . .
'Mr. Davis: May I make one further statement for the record?
"The Court: Yes, you may.
"The Court: That's right.
"Mr. Davis: And so I just wanted the . . .
"Mr. Davis: . . . want the record to show that."
The trial attorney correctly advised his client as to the law at the time, and in addition, took every step to assist his client. We find no ineffective representation under the standards set forth by our Supreme Court in Pitts v. Glass, 231 Ga. 638 (203 SE2d 515) (1974). The chronology of events shows clearly that the sentence was signed and handed to the clerk before appellant's request to withdraw his plea of guilty was made known to the court. The right to withdraw a plea of guilty ceases after sentence is entered. Code Ann. 27-1404. Conlogue v. State, 243 Ga. 141 (1) (253 SE2d 168) (1979) was the law applicable at the time of trial. That law has now been modified by State v. Germany, 246 Ga. 455 (271 SE2d 851) (1980). However, we see no duty on counsel to anticipate this type change in the law. Appellant's enumeration of error is without merit.
Glenn Thomas, Jr., District Attorney, for appellee.
Randall M Clark, for appellant.
DECIDED FEBRUARY 16, 1981 -- REHEARING DENIED MARCH 4, 1981.
Thursday May 21 22:57 EDT


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