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MCKINNEY v. ATKINSON et al.
17816.
DUCKWORTH, Chief Justice.
Accounting. Before Judge Guess. DeKalb Superior Court. January 25, 1952.
1. L. C. McKinney sued William J. Atkinson and Fulton Metal Bed Manufacturing Company, praying for an accounting that would pay his debt to Atkinson and release fifty shares of stock in the defendant corporation which he had transferred to Atkinson as security for a debt, for any injunction, and for a judgment against Atkinson. The case was referred to an auditor, before whom this record of over 600 pages was made, and the exceptions here are to the judgment overruling exceptions to the auditor's findings of fact and conclusions of law, and to the final judgment making such findings and conclusions of the auditor the judgment of the court and adjudging that the petitioner's prayers be denied and that the defendants have judgment against the plaintiff for all court costs.
2. The petitioner's entire claims against the defendants depend upon his recovery of the fifty shares of stock which he transferred unconditionally to the defendant Atkinson, and his testimony shows that he transferred that stock for the fraudulent purpose of hindering and delaying his creditors. He therefore comes into court with unclean hand" and must be denied this relief. 19 Am. Jur. 323-326, 469, 471; Fouche v. Brower, 74 Ga. 251; Sewell v. Norris, 128 Ga. 824 (58 S. E. 637); Tune v. Beeland, 131 Ga. 528 (62 S. E. 976); Atlanta Assn. of Fire Ins. Agents v. McDonald, 181 Ga. 105 (181 S. E. 822). The defendants need not invoke the clean-hands maxim, as the court will apply it of its own accord. Roberts v. Roberts, 182 Ga. 568 (186 S. E. 192). "One who confesses to have voluntarily conspired with another to defeat a creditor of the latter can not be heard to complain that this partner in the fraudulent enterprise did not keep faith with him but victimized him also." Bagwell v. Johnson, 116 Ga. 464 (42 S. E. 732). See also Sewell v. Norris, 128 Ga. 824 (supra).
3. The foregoing ruling destroys the foundation of the plaintiff's action, since all his other claims are predicated upon his claim to the fifty shares of stock. Consequently, the evidence demanded the judgment complained of, and it is unnecessary to deal further with this massive record.
John R. Burress and Woodrow W. Tucker, for defendants.
Winfield P. Jones and F. L. Breen, for plaintiff.
SUBMITTED APRIL 15, 1952 -- DECIDED MAY 12, 1952.
Saturday May 23 04:53 EDT


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