Milligan v. Milligan, 17794

CourtSupreme Court of Georgia
Citation209 Ga. 14,70 S.E.2d 459
Docket NumberNo. 17794,17794
PartiesMILLIGAN et al. v. MILLIGAN.
Decision Date16 April 1952

Henry A. Stewart, Sr., Cedartown, D. B. Howe and Harold L. Murphy, Guchanan, for plaintiff in error.

W. W. Mundy, Jr., Cedartown, for defendant in error.

Syllabus Opinion by the Court.

ALMAND, Justice.

Mrs. Anna J. Milligan brought an equitable petition against Fred Milligan and Mrs. Buna Paris, seeking the cancellation of a deed from Milligan to Mrs. Paris as being a cloud upon the plaintiff's title. In her petition the plaintiff alleged: In August 1949, she owned an undivided interest in a described tract of land, at the time she filed a suit for divorce and alimoney against the defendant Milligan and prayed that the defendant's interest in the property be awarded as part of her permanent alimony. There is of record a warranty deed, dated June 16, 1949, from the defendant Milligan to the defendant Mrs. Paris, which purports to convey the defendant Milligan's one-half interest in said described property. Milligan executed said deed as part of a fraudulent scheme to defeat the plaintiff's claim for alimony in her divorce suit; the deed was executed without any consideration; and Mrs. Paris was a party to said fraudulent scheme of Milligan. Subsequently to the filing of said suit for divorce and alimony, the plaintiff obtained a final judgment and decree, wherein she was awarded the defendant Milligan's interest in said property as part of her permanent alimony. The deed from the defendant Milligan to the defendant Mrs. Paris constitutes a cloud on the plaintiff's title, and should be cancelled. There is nothing in the record to show that any demurrers were filed to the petition. On the trial of the case, at the conclusion of the plaintiff's evidence, the defendants' motion for a nonsuit was overruled. The defendants did not introduce any evidence, and the trial court overruled a request of counsel for the defendants to open and conclude the argument to the jury. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff, and judgment was entered thereon. The defendants made a motion for a new trial and subsequently amended that motion, by adding six special grounds, all of which being overruled, the case is there on exceptions to that order. Held:

1. Where the trial court admits conditionally, over objections, evidence offered by the plaintiff, it is the duty of counsel objecting to the admission of such evidence to invoke a later and final ruling of the court; and the failure of the court to exclude the evidence admitted provisionally on its own motion, where the party making the objections does not renew them, does not constitute reversible error. Thomas v. State, 129 Ga. 419(2), 59 S.E. 246; Hailey v. McMullan, 144 Ga. 147(3), 86 S.E. 315; Bryan v. Barnett, 205 Ga. 94(3), 52 S.E.2d 613. Special grounds 1, 2, 3, and 4 complain that the court erred in admitting certain documentary evidence over stated objections of the defendants. These grounds show that in each instance the court admitted the evidence conditionally, and the record does not show that the defendants' counsel made any further motion to exclude the evidence, or that the court ever made any final ruling as to its admissibility. These grounds disclose no reversible error.

2. 'An exception to the refusal of the court to grant a nonsuit will not be considered where the case is subsequently submitted to a jury, a verdict is returned for the plaintiff, and a motion for new trial is made which complains that the verdict is contrary to the evidence and without evidence to support it.' Pepper v. Flanagan, 204 Ga. 265(2), 49 S.E.2d 525, 526. Special ground 5 is without merit.

3. The right of counsel to open and conclude the argument to the jury is an important one, and an improper denial of it, where injury results, will work a reversal. Chapman v. Atlanta & West Point R. Co., 74 Ga. 547(a); Hines v. Donaldson, 193...

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