Burkhart v. State, No. 13067.

CourtCourt of Appeals of Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
Writing for the CourtChristian
Citation26 S.W.2d 238
PartiesBURKHART v. STATE.
Docket NumberNo. 13067.
Decision Date26 February 1930

Page 238

26 S.W.2d 238
BURKHART
v.
STATE.
No. 13067.
Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas.
February 26, 1930.
Rehearing Denied April 2, 1930.

Commissioners' Decision.

Appeal from District Court, Wise County; J. E. Carter, Judge.

J. W. Burkhart was convicted of transporting intoxicating liquor, and he appeals.

Affirmed.

Burch & Woodruff and Patterson & Cates, all of Decatur, for appellant.

A. A. Dawson, State's Atty., of Austin, for the State.

CHRISTIAN, J.


The offense is transporting intoxicating liquor; the punishment confinement in the penitentiary for one year. A former appeal is reported in 16 S.W.(2d) at page 1090.

Appellant contends that the evidence is insufficient. We are unable to agree with his contention.

Appellant and Jess Williams were driving a Ford car without a top. Williams was driving the car and appellant was sitting by his side on the front seat. They carried under the hood of the car, in two kegs, twenty-five gallons of whisky. Some of the liquor had run out, and there was a strong odor of whisky about the car. When an officer stopped the car, appellant jumped out and endeavored to run away. Williams said to the officer: "Catch that little sawed-off b____d; he is as guilty as I am." The officer stopped appellant and arrested him and Williams. Appellant offered no defense.

Appellant based an application for continuance on the absence of Hon. H. G. Woodruff, one of his attorneys. On this trial, and the former trial, appellant was represented by the firm of Patterson and Cates. On the present trial, in addition to the firm mentioned, appellant was represented by the firm of Burch and Woodruff, the junior member of the firm being the Hon. H. G. Woodruff. Upon reversal of the case upon former appeal, appellant employed Hon. H. G. Woodruff as one of his attorneys. The Legislature was convened prior to the instant trial, and was in session during the entire time consumed by the trial. Hon. H. G. Woodruff was a member of the House of Representatives, and by reason of such fact advised the trial judge by letter prior to the trial that he would be unable to appear and represent appellant on his trial. He requested the court to continue the case. Prior to the trial, he filed his affidavit wherein he averred that as a member of the Legislature he was in actual attendance on a session of the same; that it was impossible for him to be present on the trial of his client; and that his presence was necessary to a fair and proper trial of the cause. When the case was called for trial, the affidavit of appellant containing, with one exception, substantially the same averments was filed. Appellant's affidavit failed to state that the presence of Hon. H. G. Woodruff was necessary to a fair and proper trial of the cause. We quote chapter 7, Gen. & Sp. Acts of the Forty First Legislature (1929), Regular Session, as follows:

"In all suits, either civil or criminal, or in matters of probate, pending in any court of this State at any time the Legislature is in session, it shall be sufficient ground for a continuance of such cause if it shall appear to the court, by affidavit, that any party applying for such continuance, or any attorney for any party...

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  • Collier v. Poe, No. 69739
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
    • May 20, 1987
    ...of the trial court and no abuse of discretion appeared where the accused had other counsel. In Burkhart v. State, 114 Tex.Cr.R. 462, 26 S.W.2d 238 (1930), the motion based on one of Burkhart's lawyer's attendance upon a legislative session was held properly overruled by the trial judge beca......
  • Government Services Ins. Underwriters v. Jones, No. A-9590
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Texas
    • May 22, 1963
    ...that the presence of the attorney-legislator was necessary to a fair and proper trial of the case. Burkhart v. State, 114 Tex.Cr.R. 462, 26 S.W.2d 238; Davis v. State, 120 Tex.Cr.R. 330, 49 S.W.2d 805; Burton v. State, 129 Tex.Cr.R. 238, 86 S.W.2d 768; Mora v. Ferguson, 145 Tex. 498, 199 S.......
  • Mora v. Ferguson, No. A-1133.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Texas
    • February 12, 1947
    ...v. State, 120 Tex.Cr.R. 330, 49 S.W.2d 805, Burton v. State, 129 Tex.Cr.R. 234, 86 S.W.2d 768, and Burkhart v. State, 114 Tex.Cr.R. 462, 26 S.W. 2d 238. In the Davis case it appeared that the accused had been represented by an able firm of lawyers at other trials of the case had when the Le......
  • Falcon v. Tex. Pub. Safety Comm'n, NO. 03-16-00072-CV
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas
    • August 24, 2016
    ...a trial court lacks discretion to deny a properly requested motion for legislative continuance" (emphasis added)); Burkhart v. State, 26 S.W.2d 238, 239 (Tex. Crim. App. 1930) (op. on reh'g) (defendant not entitled to continuance where affidavit stated only that defendant "earnestly desire[......
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  • Collier v. Poe, No. 69739
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
    • May 20, 1987
    ...of the trial court and no abuse of discretion appeared where the accused had other counsel. In Burkhart v. State, 114 Tex.Cr.R. 462, 26 S.W.2d 238 (1930), the motion based on one of Burkhart's lawyer's attendance upon a legislative session was held properly overruled by the trial judge beca......
  • Government Services Ins. Underwriters v. Jones, No. A-9590
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Texas
    • May 22, 1963
    ...that the presence of the attorney-legislator was necessary to a fair and proper trial of the case. Burkhart v. State, 114 Tex.Cr.R. 462, 26 S.W.2d 238; Davis v. State, 120 Tex.Cr.R. 330, 49 S.W.2d 805; Burton v. State, 129 Tex.Cr.R. 238, 86 S.W.2d 768; Mora v. Ferguson, 145 Tex. 498, 199 S.......
  • Mora v. Ferguson, No. A-1133.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Texas
    • February 12, 1947
    ...v. State, 120 Tex.Cr.R. 330, 49 S.W.2d 805, Burton v. State, 129 Tex.Cr.R. 234, 86 S.W.2d 768, and Burkhart v. State, 114 Tex.Cr.R. 462, 26 S.W. 2d 238. In the Davis case it appeared that the accused had been represented by an able firm of lawyers at other trials of the case had when the Le......
  • Falcon v. Tex. Pub. Safety Comm'n, NO. 03-16-00072-CV
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas
    • August 24, 2016
    ...trial court lacks discretion to deny a properly requested motion for legislative continuance" (emphasis added)); Burkhart v. State, 26 S.W.2d 238, 239 (Tex. Crim. App. 1930) (op. on reh'g) (defendant not entitled to continuance where affidavit stated only that defendant "earnestly......
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