D'alessandro v. State

Decision Date27 February 1934
Citation114 Fla. 70,153 So. 95
CourtFlorida Supreme Court

Error to Circuit Court, Lee County; H. C. Petteway, Judge.

Angelo D'Alessandro was convicted of possession of tickets in a certain lottery, and he brings error.


COUNSEL W. D. Bell, of Arcadia, for plaintiff in error.

Cary D Landis, Atty. Gen., and Roy Campbell, Asst. Atty. Gen., for the State.


ELLIS Justice.

D'Alessandro was indicted in Lee county for the offense of having in his 'possession tickets in a certain lottery for money commonly known as Bolita, a further description of said lottery being to the Grand Jurors unknown.'

A motion was made to quash the indictment upon the grounds that it was vague and uncertain and did not apprise the defendant sufficiently of the nature and cause of the accusation against him; that it charged no offense punishable by the laws of Florida; that it did not charge that the possession of the alleged tickets was illegal, nor that the alleged tickets were lottery tickets, nor that the defendant had knowledge that the tickets were lottery tickets, nor whether the alleged offense was a misdemeanor or a felony.

The motion was overruled.

The record does not disclose that there was a plea to the indictment. The transcript contains the following statement 'There is no plea of guilty or not guilty shown by the record.'

Yet there was a trial by jury and a verdict of guilty rendered and judgment and sentence entered. The defendant was sentenced to confinement and hard labor in the state penitentiary for a period of eighteen months. The defendant took a writ of error to the judgment.

In so far as the description of the lottery by the language in the indictment is involved, we hold that it is sufficient under the authority of Bueno v. State, 40 Fla. 160, 23 So 862.

Whether the having in his possession of tickets in the lottery is a sufficient allegation to substantially comply with the statute is another question. The word 'Lottery' is defined in Webster's International Dictionary as a scheme for the distribution of prizes by lot or chance, a game in which prizes are given from a pool to holders of cards matching others reserved for that purpose. It is not a place a house, or a shelter; it is a game or a scheme; and the phrase 'tickets in a lottery' is the equivalent of the phrase 'cards in a game' concerning the meaning of which there exists little or no doubt.

Section 7667, Comp. Gen. Laws 1927, denounces an offense of which there are many phases....

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