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CROSBY v. THE STATE.
37739.
Liquor violation. Columbus City Court. Before Judge Land. March 27, 1959.
GARDNER, Presiding Judge.
The court did not err in denying the motion for a new trial for any of the reasons assigned.
Maxwell Eugene Crosby was convicted in the City Court of Columbus on an accusation of possessing, as well as transporting, non-tax-paid whisky. A motion for new trial was filed on the general grounds and, by amendment, five special grounds were added. This motion was denied and it is on this judgment that the case is here for review.
The State has filed a motion to dismiss the bill of exceptions on three grounds.
1. We will first discuss the motion to dismiss the bill of exceptions. Ground 1 of the motion assigns error because it is alleged that the defendant did not comply with Rule 89 of the Rules of the Superior Courts of Georgia (Code 24-3389). There was no objection made in the trial court to such omission and since this is a rule of the trial court we will not dismiss the bill of exceptions on this ground.
As to ground 2 of the motion which alleges that the bill of exceptions was not tendered in time, the motion for a new trial having been denied on March 27, 1959, and the bill of exceptions not tendered until April 27, 1959, we find the law on this point to be such that we cannot dismiss the bill of exceptions on this ground. Counting March 27, 1959, as the first day, the thirtieth day thereafter would be April 25, 1959. April 25, 1959, was a Saturday. The General Assembly passed a law in 1958 (Ga. L. 1958, p. 388) codified as Code 102-102. which reads as follows: "When a number of days is prescribed for the exercise of any privilege, or the discharge of any duty, only the first or last day shall be counted; and if the last day shall fall on Saturday or Sunday, the party having such privilege or duty, shall have through the following Monday to exercise such privilege or to discharge such duty." It follows that the bill of exceptions, having been filed on Monday, April 27th, was filed in time.
Ground 3 of the motion to dismiss goes to the point that no brief of evidence is before the Court of Appeals. When there is no brief of evidence filed in a record such as is here involved, this court will affirm the verdict and judgment of the trial court.
2. The verdict and judgment stand affirmed, since the defendant did not file a brief of evidence, in so far as the general grounds are concerned.
3. Special ground 1 assigns error in that it is alleged that the court erred in trying the defendant without the benefit of an indictment, under the provisions of Code (Ann.) 27-704. The defendant was tried on an accusation brought by the solicitor-general, which procedure is not in conflict with the provisions of Code (Ann.) 27-704. Moreover, there is nothing in the record to show that the defendant objected to being tried under this procedure. There is no merit in this contention.
5. Special ground 3 assigns error because it is alleged that the court erred in not charging the jury in regard to the law concerning search warrants. This special ground is connected with special ground 2 hereinabove discussed. The defendant cites the following cases in support of his contention: Hughes v. State, 2 Ga. App. 29 (1) (58 S. E. 390); Smith v. State, 84 Ga. App. 79 (65 S. E. 2d 709); Pickett v. State, 99 Ga. 12 (25 S. E. 608, 59 Am. St. Rep. 226). These cases have no bearing on the record now before us. Moreover, this contention has nothing to do with the merits of the case and the record does not disclose that the defendant urged such defense at the trial. This ground is not meritorious.
6. Special ground 4 assigns error because it is alleged that the court erred in not reducing to writing the evidence and statement of the defendant under the provisions of Code 27-405. There is nothing in this record to disclose that the defendant urged that the evidence be taken at the trial, and transcribed. This ground is not meritorious.
7. Special ground 5 assigns error in that it is alleged that the court erred in denying the defendant's motion for the return of seized property and suppression of evidence under the Constitution of the United States. This ground does not disclose a valid assignment of error in this court and is therefore not meritorious.
This court did not err in denying the motion for a new trial on any of the special grounds or for any of the reasons assigned.
Judgment affirmed. Townsend and Carlisle, JJ., concur.
W. P. Skipworth, Jr., Solicitor, contra.
Maxwell Eugene Crosby, pro se.
DECIDED JULY 7, 1959 -- REHEARING DENIED JULY 20, 1959.
Saturday May 23 00:36 EDT


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