[No. 213, September Term, 1959.]
Decided April 18, 1960.
CRIMINAL LAW — Non-Jury Case — Credibility Of Witness And Sufficiency Of Identification, For Trial Court — Rule Applied In Assault With Intent To Rob Case. In a non-jury criminal case, the credibility of a witness and the sufficiency of identification are matters for the determination of the trial court. Rule applied in an assault with intent to rob non-jury case. pp. 313-314
CRIMINAL LAW — Non-Jury Case — No Reversal Of Conviction On Question Of Evidence Unless It Was Clearly Erroneous — Rule Applied In Assault With Intent To Rob Case. In the instant non-jury assault with intent to rob case, the Court, citing Maryland Rule 741 c, stated that it could not reverse the conviction on a question of evidence unless it was clearly erroneous. The Court found the evidence, if believed, was ample to warrant conviction. p. 314
Decided April 18, 1960.
Appeal from the Circuit Court of Baltimore City (ALLEN, J.).
Calvin Brown was convicted of assault with intent to rob and he appealed.
The cause was argued before BRUNE, C.J., and HENDERSON, HAMMOND, PRESCOTT and HORNEY, JJ.
C. Oliver Goldsmith, for appellant.
Clayton A. Dietrich, Assistant Attorney General, with whom were C. Ferdinand Sybert, Attorney General, Saul A. Harris, State's Attorney for Baltimore City, and Julius A. Romano, Assistant State's Attorney for Baltimore City, on the brief, for appellee.
Calvin Brown appeals from his conviction and sentence on a charge of assault with intent to rob. He challenges the sufficiency of the evidence to sustain his conviction, and attacks the credibility of the testimony of the victim of the attack, one Dargan, who identified Brown as one of two men who attacked him. Able counsel appointed to represent Brown on this appeal has strongly questioned the victim's ability to identify Brown as the man who "yoked" him from behind, though the victim was unable to identify another suspect wearing a red sweater, as the man who attacked him from the front. Dargan had described one of his assailants as wearing a red sweater.
The case was tried before Judge Allen, sitting without a jury. The credibility of the witness and the sufficiency of the identification were matters for the determination of the trial judge. Johnson v. State, 221 Md. 177, 156 A.2d 441. The evidence, if believed, was ample to warrant conviction. We could not reverse the conviction on a question of evidence unless it were clearly erroneous. Maryland Rules, Rule 741 c. Ward v. State, 219 Md. 559, 150 A.2d 257. We do not find that it was.
We were informed at the argument that Dargan is now also an inmate of the same prison as Brown. A letter which he has recently written suggesting a mistake in his identification of Brown, but denying any perjury in connection therewith, is not properly before us.