257 S.W. 1024 (Ky.App. 1924), Maynard v. Com.

Citation:257 S.W. 1024, 201 Ky. 593
Opinion Judge:CLAY, J.
Party Name:MAYNARD v. COMMONWEALTH.
Attorney:J. B. Clark, of Inez, for appellant. T. B. McGregor, Atty. Gen., John W. Wheeler, of Paintsville, Jasper H. Preece, of Inez, and Lilburn Phelps, Asst. Atty. Gen., for the Commonwealth.
Case Date:January 15, 1924
Court:Court of Appeals of Kentucky
 
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257 S.W. 1024 (Ky.App. 1924)

201 Ky. 593

MAYNARD

v.

COMMONWEALTH.

Court of Appeals of Kentucky.

January 15, 1924

Appeal from Circuit Court, Martin County.

Lacy Maynard was convicted of possessing intoxicating liquors, and appeals. Reversed and remanded for new trial.

J. B. Clark, of Inez, for appellant.

T. B. McGregor, Atty. Gen., John W. Wheeler, of Paintsville, Jasper H. Preece, of Inez, and Lilburn Phelps, Asst. Atty. Gen., for the Commonwealth.

CLAY, J.

The only evidence to sustain the conviction of appellant on the charge of possessing intoxicating liquors was obtained by a search made under a search warrant based on the following affidavit:

"Affiant, Norman Porter, says that he is informed that there is one Lacy Maynard that has been selling whisky, in that I have information that he sold some whisky to Brashy James' boy, and that he is reported to be a maker of said whisky unlawfully, and that the general repute from what the people say of him is that of a moonshine maker and seller, and that from the above facts I have reasonable grounds and cause to believe that he is keeping and making whisky unlawfully, and that I believe that he has it about his residence."

It is the rule in this state that an affidavit for a search warrant must state facts from which the existence of probable cause may be determined, and that an affidavit based on information, without giving the character or source of the information, or the circumstances under which it was obtained is not sufficient. Price v. Commonwealth, 195 Ky. 711, 243 S.W. 927. In applying this rule, we have held that an affidavit stating that a named person had informed the affiant that he had seen intoxicating...

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