McKinney v. Darby

Decision Date07 November 1938
Docket Number26962.
Citation199 S.E. 649,58 Ga.App. 725
PartiesMcKINNEY et al. v. DARBY.
CourtGeorgia Court of Appeals

Syllabus by Editorial Staff.

Under statute providing that affidavit of juror will not be taken to impeach the verdict, affidavit of juror that plaintiff approached juror and requested the juror to do the plaintiff good on the trial of the case, for which favor the juror would not lose anything, was properly rejected when offered on motion for new trial to show an effort to influence the juror. Code 1933, § 110-109.

Error from Superior Court, Cherokee County; J. H. Hawkins, Judge.

Action between J. F. McKinney and others and James Darby, by next friend. To review a judgment overruling a motion for a new trial, J. F. McKinney and others bring error.

Affirmed.

Howell Brooke, of Canton, and Irving S. Nathan, of Atlanta, for plaintiff in error.

Jno. S. Wood, of Canton, for defendant in error.

Syllabus OPINION.

STEPHENS, Presiding Judge.

An attack in a motion for new trial upon a verdict as being invalid on the ground that one of the jurors who participated in the verdict had, previous to the term of the court, been approached by the losing party in an effort to induce the juror to render a favorable verdict by stating to him that the plaintiff wanted the juror to do him, the plaintiff, good on the trial of the case, "for which favor the juror would not lose anything," is an effort to impeach the verdict, and since, as provided in the Code, § 110-109, the affidavit of a juror will not be taken to impeach the verdict, the court properly rejected the affidavit of the juror when it was offered on a motion for new trial for the purpose of showing an effort by the losing party to influence the juror. Coleman v. State, 28 Ga. 78, 79 (2); Brown v. State, 28 Ga. 199, 200 (12); McElven v. State, 30 Ga. 869; Rutland v. Hathorn, 36 Ga. 380, 381 (6); O'Barr v. Alexander, 37 Ga. 195, 196 (5); Hoye v. State, 39 Ga. 718 (4); Fulton County v. Phillips, 91 Ga. 65, 16 S.E. 260; Peagler v. Huey, 183 Ga. 677, 188 S.E. 906; Etheridge v. State, 43 Ga.App. 579, 159 S.E. 747. This being the only evidence offered in support of the motion, the court did not err in rejecting the affidavit, and in overruling the motion for new trial.

Judgment affirmed.

SUTTON and FELTON, JJ., concur.

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