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Franklin v. State

Court of Appeals of Alabama
Jan 31, 1922
92 So. 526 (Ala. Crim. App. 1922)


3 Div. 398.

January 31, 1922.

Appeal from Circuit Court, Montgomery County; Leon McCord, Judge.

Silas Franklin was convicted of having carnal knowledge of a girl under 16 years of age, and he appeals. Affirmed.

L.A. Sanderson, of Montgomery, for appellant.

Brief of counsel did not reach the Reporter.

Harwell G. Davis, Atty, Gen., for the State.

Brief of counsel did not reach the Reporter.

The defendant was convicted for a violation of section 7700 of the Code 1907, as amended by Acts 1915, p. 137, the amended statute reading as follows:

"That section 7700 of the Code, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows. 7700 (5448) Carnal Knowledge of Girl Over Twelve and Under Sixteen Years of Age. — Any person who has carnal knowledge of any girl over twelve and under sixteen years of age, or abuses such girl in the attempt to have carnal knowledge of her, must on conviction, be punished at the discretion of the jury, by imprisonment in the penitentiary for not less than two nor more than ten years. This section however, shall not apply to boys under sixteen years of age.

"Approved March 17, 1915."

On the trial of this case only one exception was reserved to the rulings of the court upon the admission of the testimony. Bob Goodman, father of the girl is question, when recalled by the state, testified that the defendant took him to a pool room to see the man who conducted the place relative to some one having made arrangements with him for a room for himself and witness' daughter on the night she disappeared from home. The question was asked witness "What did he [the pool room man] say to defendant or to you in the presence of defendant about some one making arrangements for a room to put the girl?" etc. The objection to this question, based upon the grounds that it called for irrelevant, incompetent, and hearsay testimony, and, further, no sufficient predicate had been laid to impeach defendant, was properly overruled, as the testimony sought was in rebuttal of that given by defendant, and, while it was in its nature contradictory of the testimony of defendant, it was not sought for the purpose of impeaching him; the law being that mere contradiction of one witness by another does not of necessity imply an effort to impeach, and does not authorize the introduction of sustaining evidence of good character for truth and veracity as to either of such witnesses. Witnesses may be impeached, in addition to other means, by showing statements made by them contradictory of those, testified to, and in this instance a proper predicate as to time and place, etc., of such contradictory statements must be laid. There was no predicate laid as required under the rule, nor was there any pretense that the testimony was offered for the purpose of impeachment. That the evidence sought was relevant and material and not hearsay is apparent, and that it was sought in rebuttal of defendant's testimony is clear. There was no error in the court's ruling. Moreover, the witness Goodman had already upon his direct examination testified without objection to the same matter.

The only other question presented was the refusal of the affirmative charge requested by defendant. The evidence was in sharp conflict, and if that offered by the state was believed by the jury, under the rules governing the weighing of evidence, there was ample testimony upon which to predicate the verdict rendered. For this reason the refusal of the affirmative charge was without error.

No error is apparent on the record, and the judgment of the circuit court is affirmed.


Summaries of

Franklin v. State

Court of Appeals of Alabama
Jan 31, 1922
92 So. 526 (Ala. Crim. App. 1922)
Case details for

Franklin v. State

Case Details

Full title:FRANKLIN v. STATE

Court:Court of Appeals of Alabama

Date published: Jan 31, 1922


92 So. 526 (Ala. Crim. App. 1922)
92 So. 526

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