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Dunlop v. Warden of Maryland House of Correction

Decided: June 18, 1962.

DUNLOP
v.
WARDEN OF MARYLAND HOUSE OF CORRECTION



The full Court.

Per Curiam

This is an application for leave to appeal from the denial of post conviction relief. Other grounds for relief were asserted below, but the only claim here is that the judgment and sentence are void because the indictment was defective.

The applicant, whose true surname is Dunlap, was indicted and convicted of assault with intent to murder under the name of Clarence Dunlop. A question as to the erroneous spelling of the name was not raised at the trial, but the evidence was such as to sufficiently identify the defendant as one of the perpetrators of the crime.

The misnomer of a defendant is not fatal to an indictment

if there is no question as to the identity of the accused, and the defect may be cured by interlineation on a motion to amend. Lank v. State, 219 Md. 433. See also Romans v. State, 178 Md. 588.

In the instant case, the defendant was not only orally apprised of the charge against him under the name of Clarence Dunlop when he was arraigned, but had previously been served with a written copy of the indictment in which his name was misspelled. And since he made no effort then to correct the defect, it was too late to do it in this post conviction proceeding where a defective indictment is not open to review. See Wilson v. Warden, 222 Md. 580.

Application denied.

Disposition

Application denied.

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