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CLARKE, Chief Justice.
Drug violation; constitutional question. Fulton Superior Court. Before Judge Langham.
Hall was convicted of possession with intent to distribute 2.2 grams of cocaine and sentenced to life imprisonment under the mandatory sentencing provision of OCGA 16-13-30 (d), as this was a second conviction. 1 On appeal, Hall challenges the constitutionality of OCGA 16-13-30 (b) and (d).
1. Hall challenges the constitutionality of provisions (b) and (d) of OCGA 16-13-30, on their face, and as applied.
(a) We have upheld the constitutionality of the statute against various challenges. See, e.g., Walker v. State, 261 Ga. 739 (410 SE2d 422) (1991) (OCGA 16-13-30 (j) -- concerning marijuana -- not vague and uncertain and violative of due process); Isom v. State, 261 Ga. 596 (408 SE2d 701) (1991) (OCGA 16-13-30 (d)) not violative of equal protection and due process guarantees of United States and Georgia constitutions); Stephens v. State, 261 Ga. 467, 468 (405 SE2d 483) (1991) (OCGA 16-13-30 (d) does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment under the Georgia Constitution); Tillman v. State, 260 Ga. 801 (400 SE2d 632) (1991) (OCGA 16-13-30 (d) is not irrational because sentence for second offense of possession of cocaine is greater than that for trafficking in cocaine, OCGA 16-13-31 (a) (f)); Grant v. State, 258 Ga. 299 (368 SE2d 737) (1988) (OCGA 16-13-30 (d) does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment under the United States Constitution).
(b) The evidence of selective enforcement against young and impoverished blacks fails to meet the standard of intentional discrimination announced in State v. Causey, 246 Ga. 735 (2) (273 SE2d 6) (1980); State v. Agan, 259 Ga. 541, 546-549 (6) (384 SE2d 863) (1989); and State v. Russell, ---- Minn. ---- (477 NW2d 886) (1991). In State v. Agan we said "proof of selective prosecution . . . requires evidence that his prosecution represents an 'intentional or purposeful discrimination which is deliberately based upon an unjustifiable standard . . . or arbitrary classification.' "
2. The trial court's determination that Hall did not demonstrate ineffective assistance of trial counsel was not error under the standard of Strickland v. Washington, 466 U. S. 668 (104 SC 2052, 80 LE2d 674) (1984).
3. We have reviewed Hall's remaining claims of error. We hold that the evidence is sufficient under Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U. S. 307 (99 SC 2781, 61 LE2d 560) (1979); and there was no error in the trial of the case that warrants a new trial, or other substantial relief.
BENHAM, Justice, concurring.
I concur separately to point out that while there is some evidence to support appellant's allegation of selective prosecution, that evidence is insufficient under both the intentional discrimination standard adopted by this court in State v. Causey, 246 Ga. 735 (2) (273 SE2d 6) (1980), and the disparate treatment standard utilized in State v. Russell, ---- Minn. ---- (477 NW2d 886) (1991). Accordingly, I join the majority in affirming the trial court's judgment.
Lewis R. Slaton, District Attorney, Carl P. Greenberg, Charles W. Smegal, Joseph F. Burford, Assistant District Attorneys, for appellee.
1  The crime was committed on November 20, 1990, and Hall was indicted on December 28, 1990. He was convicted and sentenced on May 10, 1991. His motion for new trial was filed on June 6, 1991, amended on October 23, 1991, and denied on December 2, 1991. The notice of appeal was filed on January 2, 1992, and docketed in this court on February 6, 1992. The appeal was argued on April 13, 1992.
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