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Higdon v. State

Court of Appeals of Alabama
Jun 9, 1925
104 So. 913 (Ala. Crim. App. 1925)


8 Div. 281.

April 21, 1925. Rehearing Denied June 9, 1925.

Appeal from Circuit Court, Jackson County; W.W. Haralson, Judge.

David A. Higdon was convicted of manufacturing whisky, and he appeals. Affirmed.

Certiorari denied by Supreme Court in Ex parte Higdon, 104 So. 914.

Proctor Snodgrass, of Scottsboro, for appellant.

For failure of defendant's witnesses to appear a continuance should have been ordered. Bush v. State, 168 Ala. 82, 53 So. 266. A man charged with crime has a right to expect a trial by a legal and impartial jury, drawn in accordance with law. Johnson v. State, 102 Ala. 13, 16 So. 99; Edgar v. State, 183 Ala. 36, 62 So. 800; Zininam v. State, 186 Ala. 11, 65 So. 56; Finnett v. State, 12 Ala. App. 237, 67 So. 768. Defendant will not be held to have waived objection, since he did not know of the facts upon which it rests when the jury were impaneled. 16 R.C.L. 288; Mayo v. State, 15 Ala. App. 304, 73 So. 141; Bailey v. State, 172 Ala. 423, 55 So. 601; Jewell v. Jewell, 84 Me. 304, 24 A. 858, 18 L.R.A. 473.

Harwell G. Davis, Atty. Gen., and Lamar Field, Asst. Atty. Gen., for the State.

There was no error in denying motion for a continuance. Lumpkin v. State, 19 Ala. App. 272, 97 So. 171. The question as to venire was not properly raised by motion for new trial. Wadsworth v. State, 18 Ala. App. 352, 92 So. 245; Hamilton v. State, 17 Ala. App. 109, 83 So. 557; 1 Mayfield's Dig. 538, 546.

Counsel for appellant now make the insistence that defendant was forced to trial in the absence of his witnesses, for whom subpœnas had been issued and executed. The granting of continuances in criminal cases is largely in the discretion of the trial judge, whose action in this regard will not be reviewed unless there is a clear abuse of discretion. Lumpkin v. State, 19 Ala. App. 272, 97 So. 171.

It is next insisted that this judgment should be reversed, because the trial court refused to grant a new trial on grounds alleging certain irregularities in the drawing of the venire for the week of the term in which defendant was tried, and from which was selected the jury to try defendant.

No allegation is made that the facts set up in the grounds for the motion were not known to defendant before he went to trial, and no facts are proven in support of the motion that such was the case, or that he could not have known the true facts by due diligence. If the defendant or his attorney knew about the matter of drawing the jury, or, by the exercise of due diligence, could have ascertained the facts, he cannot for the first time raise the question by motion for a new trial. Wadsworth v. State, 18 Ala. App. 352, 92 So. 245.

If defendant did not know the facts, and could not by due diligence have ascertained them, the motion for new trial on that ground would require allegation and proof; neither of which was done in this case. Hamilton v. State, 17 Ala. App. 109, 82 So. 557; 1 Mayfield Dig. pp. 538, 546. Moreover, under section 8637 of the Code of 1923, "no objection can be taken to any venire of jurors except for fraud in drawing or summoning the jurors." There is no such allegation or proof in support of this motion.

We find no error in the record, and the judgment is affirmed.


Summaries of

Higdon v. State

Court of Appeals of Alabama
Jun 9, 1925
104 So. 913 (Ala. Crim. App. 1925)
Case details for

Higdon v. State

Case Details

Full title:HIGDON v. STATE

Court:Court of Appeals of Alabama

Date published: Jun 9, 1925


104 So. 913 (Ala. Crim. App. 1925)
104 So. 913

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