lawskills
Loading
Did you know you can download our entire database for free?


Resources
[more] 

Georgia Caselaw:
Browse
Greatest Hits

Georgia Code: Browse

(external) Findlaw Georgia Law Resources


This site exists because of donors like you.

Thanks!


Lawskills.com Georgia Caselaw
WITHERSPOON et al. v. THE STATE.
70997.
POPE, Judge.
Burglary. Fulton Superior Court. Before Judge Alverson.
Thomas Milton Witherspoon IV and Kenneth Ray Robinson bring this appeal from their convictions of burglary. Held:
Homer, 73 Ga. 251 (5) (1885). Accordingly, the trial court erred in refusing to admit proof of the victim's misdemeanor theft convictions. See Coleman v. State, 94 Ga. 85 (21 SE 124) (1894); Perry v. State, 173 Ga. App. 541 (4) (327 SE2d 527) (1985); accord Kaminsky v. Blackshear, 108 Ga. App. 492 (4) (133 SE2d 441) (1963). See also Sheffield v. Hammond, 41 Ga. App. 76 (1) (151 SE 663) (1930). Nevertheless, viewed most favorably to the State, the record evidence of appellants' guilt, including an eyewitness account of the crime, is substantial. We find it highly probable that this error did not contribute to appellants' convictions, for the victim's testimony simply established the occurrence of the burglary; she was asleep at the time of the crime and did not know the identity of the perpetrator(s). Appellants' enumeration of error thus presents no ground for reversal. See Brooks v. State, 171 Ga. App. 55 (1) (318 SE2d 785) (1984); Riceman v. State, 166 Ga. App. 825 (3) (305 SE2d 595) (1983). See generally Dill v. State, 222 Ga. 793 (1) (152 SE2d 741) (1966).
DEEN, Presiding Judge, concurring specially.
While concurring fully with all that is said in the majority opinion, it should be added that the recent whole court case of Norley v. State, 170 Ga. App. 249, 253 (316 SE2d 808) (1984) is also consistent with the expressions made.
Notes
1  "Crimen falsi" is defined as "any . . . offense which involves some element of deceitfulness, untruthfulness, or falsification bearing on a witness' propensity to testify truthfully." Black's Law Dictionary (5th ed.) at 335. It follows that such an offense is also one involving moral turpitude, defined in Ramsey v. State, 145 Ga. App. 60 (4) (243 SE2d 555), rev'd on other grounds, 241 Ga. 426 (246 SE2d 190) (1975), as "an act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private and social duties which a man owes to his fellow man, or to society in general, contrary to the accepted and customary rule of right and duty between man and man." (Citations and punctuation omitted.) Id. at 62.
Lewis R. Slaton, District Attorney, Joseph J. Drolet, Benjamin H. Oehlert III, Jerry W. Baxter, Assistant District Attorneys, for appellee.
Earl A. Davidson, for appellants.
DECIDED JANUARY 7, 1986.
Thursday May 21 15:47 EDT


This site exists because of donors like you.

Thanks!


Valid HTML 4.0!

Valid CSS!





Home - Tour - Disclaimer - Privacy - Contact Us
Copyright © 2000,2002,2004 Lawskills.com