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Burglary. Marion Superior Court. Before Judge Smith.
1. The appellant contends that his motion to suppress certain evidence, consisting of items found in and about a lake house of which the appellant had joint possession with another person, should have been sustained. The appellant's argument is without merit as to the items which were found outside the house because they were observed by the sheriff when he was lawfully on the premises on another matter. United States v. Bagleston, 417 F2d 11; Davis v. United States, 327 F2d 301.
After seeing the items on the outside of the house the sheriff then obtained a search warrant and searched and located the other stolen goods in the house. The appellant contends the warrant was defective because the affidavit presented to secure the warrant did not show sufficient probable cause. Under that which was held in Lewis v. State, 126 Ga. App. 123 (190 SE2d 123), this contention is without merit.
2. Enumeration of error three contends the trial judge erred in failing to charge, without request, on circumstantial evidence, because all of the evidence was circumstantial. The defendant admitted that he helped to unload the stolen goods from a boat at the lake. A charge on circumstantial evidence is demanded only when the case is wholly dependent thereon. Travis v. State, 122 Ga. App. 800, 802 (178 SE2d 741); Pippins v. State, 224 Ga. 462 (162 SE2d 338).
4. The evidence was sufficient to support the verdict.
BELL, Chief Judge, concurring specially.
I think this case should be affirmed for a reason not mentioned either in the majority opinion or in the dissent. The record shows that the accused here, prior to the search of the cabin, disclaimed ownership of any of the property seized inside the cabin. This is found at page 9 of the transcript. It has been held that an accused has no standing to complain of an illegal search and seizure when he had previously disclaimed ownership of the property seized. United States v. Goad, 426 F2d 86.
HALL, Presiding Judge, dissenting.
While the sheriff testified at the hearing on the motion to suppress that he saw stolen items outside the house and then obtained a warrant to enter and search the premises, all this is immaterial to the validity of the warrant. It is elementary that the burden is on the State to show that sufficient facts were submitted to the magistrate to establish the existence of probable cause. Marshall v. State, 113 Ga. App. 143, 144 (147 SE2d 666).
The appellant has standing to complain of the illegal search not only because he meets one of the traditional tests (having a possessory interest in the premises searched) but also because those tests have been superseded by the broad concept of "reasonable expectation of privacy." Any requirement of claiming an interest in the property seized has been specifically repudiated. See Jones v. United States, 362 U. S. 257 (80 SC 725, 4 LE2d 697, 78 ALR2d 233); Katz v. United States, 389 U. S. 347 (88 SC 507, 19 LE2d 576); Wood v. State, 224 Ga. 121 (160 SE2d 368).
I am authorized to state that Presiding Judge Eberhardt and Judges Deen and Stolz concur in this dissent.
E. Mullins Whisnant, District Attorney, for appellee.
F. Houser Pugh, Owens, Littlejohn, Gower & Pugh, for appellant.
Friday May 22 14:47 EDT

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