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PADGETT et al. v. THE STATE.
53538.
SHULMAN, Judge.
Prostitution, etc. Chatham State Court. Before Judge Head.
Appellants were convicted of prostitution and pimping in a joint trial. Certain offenses took place on different dates. The trial court denied motions for severance and also denied motions on the same ground at the trial. Motions for new trial were filed based on alleged error by the trial court and abuse of its discretion in refusing severance and contending that it was prejudicial to appellants to be tried at the same time as other related crimes and defendants. Appellants appeal the denial of such motions.
"Some of the considerations for the court in exercising its discretion have emerged from the cases considering motions to sever: 1. Will the number of defendants create confusion of the evidence and law applicable to each individual defendant? 2. Is there a danger that evidence admissible against one defendant will be considered against another despite the admonitory precaution of the court? 3. Are the defenses of the defendants antagonistic to each other or to each other's rights? See, People v. Maestas, 517 P2d 461 (Colo. 1973)." See also Stovall v. State, 236 Ga. 840 (225 SE2d 292).
In the case of Dingler v. State, 233 Ga. 462 (211 SE2d 752), provisions of the ABA Standards on joinder of offenses were set forth and were held to be a definitive statement of the Georgia law and were adopted by our Supreme Court. The court in the Dingler case, p. 463, also stated: "The Criminal Code of Georgia has one provision on this subject: 'If the several crimes arising from the same conduct are known to the proper prosecuting officer at the time of commencing the prosecution and are within the jurisdiction of a single court, they must be prosecuted in a single prosecution except . . . the court in the interest of justice may order that one or more of such charges be tried separately.' Code Ann. 26-506 (b) and (c). Necessarily, then, severance in this particular kind of circumstances lies within the sound discretion of the trial judge since the facts in each case are likely to be unique." See also Orkin v. State, 236 Ga. 176, 193 (223 SE2d 61).
This court should not substitute its discretion for that of she trial court where no abuse of that discretion is shown. We see none in this case.
Hitch, III, Assistant District Attorney, for appellee.
John R. Calhoun, George M. Hubbard, for appellants.
SUBMITTED MARCH 7, 1977 -- DECIDED APRIL 5, 1977 -- REHEARING DENIED APRIL 29, 1977 -- CERT. APPLIED FOR.
Friday May 22 06:39 EDT


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