Cosby v. State, 5 Div. 709

CourtSupreme Court of Alabama
Writing for the CourtSAYRE, J.
Citation202 Ala. 419,80 So. 803
PartiesCOSBY v. STATE.
Decision Date19 December 1918
Docket Number5 Div. 709

80 So. 803

202 Ala. 419

COSBY
v.
STATE.

5 Div. 709

Supreme Court of Alabama

December 19, 1918


Rehearing Denied Feb. 13, 1919

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

Robert Cosby was convicted of a crime punishable by death, and he appeals. Affirmed.

George F. Smoot, of Wetumpka, for appellant.

F. Lloyd Tate, Atty. Gen., for the State.

SAYRE, J.

The alleged newly discovered evidence tended only to discredit the state's witness. Reversible error cannot be predicated of the action of the trial court in overruling a motion for a new trial based upon newly discovered evidence of that character, unless, upon the whole case, it appears to be probable that the new evidence would change the result, should a new trial be granted. Fries v. Acme White Lead & Color Works, 79 So. 45. We do not find that the new evidence in this case measures up to the rule. Hence our conclusion that the court committed no error in the ruling under review.

The verdict against defendant was returned on October 18, 1917. Defendant's motion for a new trial was, on October 20, 1917, continued until February 6, 1918. No judgment having been entered upon the minutes in the meantime, the court, on February 6, 1918, overruled the motion for a new trial, and then, upon motion of the solicitor, caused to be entered upon its minutes a judgment, purporting to be entered nunc pro tunc, reciting the verdict of guilty, adjudging defendant's guilt accordingly, and sentencing him to suffer death by hanging, all in due form. The bill of exceptions shows that upon the hearing of this motion the verdict of the jury, indorsed upon the indictment, and the judge's docket entries, were offered in evidence by the state. The docket entries showed arraignment, plea, order setting the case for trial, order for venire, etc., all in due form, and the sentence pronounced upon defendant. The jury and verdict was not made to appear except by the indorsement on the indictment. This evidence warranted the judgment nunc pro tunc. Campbell v. Beyers, 189 Ala. 307, 66 So. 651.

It is suggested that the evidence failed to show the presence of the defendant in court at the several stages of the proceedings now witnessed by the full judgment entry. The docket entries, or the judge's bench notes, as they are commonly called, showed affirmatively the presence of the defendant at the arraignment. They also show by necessary inference that defendant was present at the...

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  • Burns v. State, 6 Div. 965.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • October 6, 1932
    ...of judgment pending his appeal (Vertus Frost v. State (Ala. Sup.) 142 So. 427; Melton v. State, 224 Ala. 152, 142 So. 659; Cosby v. State, 202 Ala. 419, 80 So. 803). The application for continuance in this case was addressed to the sound discretion of the trial court. There was no proof mad......
  • Gaddy v. State, CR-90-1429
    • United States
    • Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals
    • May 26, 1995
    ...24; Schirmer's Case, 33 Ill. 276; State v. Langford, 44 N.C. 436; State v. Wood, 17 Iowa 18.' In the more recent case of Cosby v. State, 202 Ala. 419, 80 So. 803, it is said: 'It is suggested that the evidence failed to show the presence of the defendant in court at the several stages of th......
  • Frost v. State, 6 Div. 52.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • April 28, 1932
    ...24; Schirmer's Case, 33 Ill. 276; State v. Langford, 44 N.C. 436; State v. Wood, 17 Iowa, 18." In the more recent case of Cosby v. State, 202 Ala. 419, 80 So. 803, it is said: "It is suggested that the evidence failed to show the presence of the defendant in court at the several stages of t......
  • Gast v. State, 6 Div. 794
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • March 12, 1936
    ...counsel. We do not believe it sufficient to change the result of this trial. Scruggs v. State, 224 Ala. 328, 140 So. 405; Cosby v. State, 202 Ala. 419, 80 So. 803; Fries v. Acme White Lead & Color Works, 201 Ala. 613, 79 So. 45; Fulwider v. Jacob, 221 Ala. 124, 127 So. 818. The date fixed f......
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  • Burns v. State, 6 Div. 965.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • October 6, 1932
    ...of judgment pending his appeal (Vertus Frost v. State (Ala. Sup.) 142 So. 427; Melton v. State, 224 Ala. 152, 142 So. 659; Cosby v. State, 202 Ala. 419, 80 So. 803). The application for continuance in this case was addressed to the sound discretion of the trial court. There was no proof mad......
  • Gaddy v. State, CR-90-1429
    • United States
    • Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals
    • May 26, 1995
    ...24; Schirmer's Case, 33 Ill. 276; State v. Langford, 44 N.C. 436; State v. Wood, 17 Iowa 18.' In the more recent case of Cosby v. State, 202 Ala. 419, 80 So. 803, it is said: 'It is suggested that the evidence failed to show the presence of the defendant in court at the several stages of th......
  • Frost v. State, 6 Div. 52.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • April 28, 1932
    ...24; Schirmer's Case, 33 Ill. 276; State v. Langford, 44 N.C. 436; State v. Wood, 17 Iowa, 18." In the more recent case of Cosby v. State, 202 Ala. 419, 80 So. 803, it is said: "It is suggested that the evidence failed to show the presence of the defendant in court at the several stages of t......
  • Gast v. State, 6 Div. 794
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • March 12, 1936
    ...counsel. We do not believe it sufficient to change the result of this trial. Scruggs v. State, 224 Ala. 328, 140 So. 405; Cosby v. State, 202 Ala. 419, 80 So. 803; Fries v. Acme White Lead & Color Works, 201 Ala. 613, 79 So. 45; Fulwider v. Jacob, 221 Ala. 124, 127 So. 818. The date fixed f......
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