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Smith v. State

Court of Appeals of Maryland
Sep 21, 1960
163 A.2d 622 (Md. 1960)


[No. 13, September Term, 1960.]

Decided September 21, 1960.

CRIMINAL LAW — Robbery With Deadly Weapon — Non-Jury Case — Testimony Adduced By State And Proper Inferences Therefrom Amply Warranted Trier Of Facts In Concluding That All Constituent Elements Of Crime Charged Were Established Beyond Reasonable Doubt — Verdict Of Guilty On First Count Was Pronounced By Court. pp. 228-229


Decided September 21, 1960.

Appeal from the Criminal Court of Baltimore (SODARO, J.).

Ernest W. Smith and Jack J. Harrison were convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon, by the trial court, sitting without a jury, and from the judgment entered thereon, they appeal.


Reporter's Note: Certiorari denied, Supreme Court of the United States, January 9, 1961.

The cause was argued before BRUNE, C.J., and HENDERSON, HAMMOND, PRESCOTT and HORNEY, JJ.

Bryan B. Haddaway for the appellants.

Clayton A. Dietrich, Assistant Attorney General, with whom were C. Ferdinand Sybert, Attorney General, Saul A. Harris, State's Attorney for Baltimore City, and E. Thomas Maxwell, Jr., Assistant State's Attorney, on the brief, for the appellee.

The appellants, Smith and Harrison, were jointly indicted on a charge of robbery with a deadly weapon. They were tried together in the Criminal Court of Baltimore by the court, sitting without a jury, and both were convicted.

The appellant Smith claims that no verdict was rendered in the case. The record extract (page 33) and the docket entries show this contention to be untrue, and that a verdict of "guilty on the first count" was pronounced by the court.

The only other point raised by the appellants is a claim that the evidence was insufficient to justify their conviction.

Our duties and the scope of our review, when the question of the sufficiency of the evidence to convict in a criminal case is presented, have been so recently and repeatedly stated that we do not deem it necessary again to set them forth here. Among the many cases that do state them, see: Clay v. State, 211 Md. 577; Kier v. State, 216 Md. 513; Walker v. State, 220 Md. 453, and Brown v. State, 222 Md. 312.

Neither do we deem it necessary to insert in this opinion the evidence in detail. It will suffice to say that the testimony adduced by the State and the proper inferences therefrom amply warranted (if they did not impel) the trier of facts in concluding that all of the constituent elements of the crime charged had been established beyond a reasonable doubt.

Judgment affirmed.

Summaries of

Smith v. State

Court of Appeals of Maryland
Sep 21, 1960
163 A.2d 622 (Md. 1960)
Case details for

Smith v. State

Case Details

Full title:SMITH v . STATE HARRISON v . STATE (Two Appeals in One Record)

Court:Court of Appeals of Maryland

Date published: Sep 21, 1960


163 A.2d 622 (Md. 1960)
163 A.2d 622

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