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Stewart v. Sanders, sheriff

Supreme Court of Georgia
Jul 3, 1945
34 S.E.2d 649 (Ga. 1945)



JULY 3, 1945.

Habeas corpus. Before Judge Hawkins. Cobb superior court. April 21, 1945.

A. L. Henson, for plaintiff.

H. G. Vandiviere, solicitor-general, for defendant.

1. Where a habeas-corpus proceeding is brought by a person under sentence, it is the appropriate remedy only when the court is without jurisdiction in making the order, rendering the judgment, or passing sentence by virtue of which the party is imprisoned, so that such order, judgment, or sentence is not merely erroneous, but is absolutely void. Kinman v. Clark, 185 Ga. 328 ( 195 S.E. 166), and cit.

2. Where a party is convicted of a felony, and sentenced to the penitentiary for a period of 4 to 7 years, such sentence is not void merely because it provides, "or at such other places as the State Department of Corrections . . may direct." (Italics ours.) While the act of 1943 (Ga. L. Ex. Sess. 1943, p. 2, Ga. Code Ann., § 77-359), provides that the Director of Corrections shall have authority formerly vested in the State Board of Prisons, yet the same section states that the Department of Corrections shall be under the exclusive control of the Director of Corrections. Though the sentence may not be technically in the proper form, it is not such an irregularity as is hurtful to any right of liberty, nor is it such a defect as makes the sentence void. Lark v. State, 55 Ga. 435 (2).

3. Accordingly, the trial court did not err in dismissing the petition for the writ of habeas corpus.

Judgment affirmed. Bell, C. J., Jenkins, P. J., Duckworth and Wyatt, JJ., concur.

No. 15221. JULY 3, 1945.

Summaries of

Stewart v. Sanders, sheriff

Supreme Court of Georgia
Jul 3, 1945
34 S.E.2d 649 (Ga. 1945)
Case details for

Stewart v. Sanders, sheriff

Case Details

Full title:STEWART v. SANDERS, sheriff

Court:Supreme Court of Georgia

Date published: Jul 3, 1945


34 S.E.2d 649 (Ga. 1945)
199 Ga. 497

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