People v. Daly, Cr. 6390

Decision Date24 February 1959
Docket NumberCr. 6390
Citation168 Cal.App.2d 169,335 P.2d 503
PartiesPEOPLE of the State of California, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Robert Earl DALY, Defendant and Appellant.
CourtCalifornia Court of Appeals Court of Appeals

Robert E. Daly, in pro. per.

Edmund G. Brown, Atty. Gen., Arthur C. de Goede, Deputy Atty. Gen., for respondent.

HERNDON, Justice.

A jury convicted appellant of first degree robbery, and found that he was armed with a deadly weapon at the time the offense was committed. He seeks a reversal on three grounds: (1) that the district attorney was guilty of prejudicial misconduct in asking certain improper, leading and suggestive questions; (2) that the evidence is insufficient to support the verdict; and (3) that appellant was not sentenced within the time prescribed by law.

The essential substance of the evidence will be summarized. Douglas Wolfe, a service station attendant, testified that on the night of August 11, 1957, at about 11:00 o'clock, a warning signal directed his attention to the men's restroom. As he entered that room a man's voice informed him that 'this was a hold-up' and ordered him to put up his hands. Wolfe obeyed and turned around to observe a man wearing dark glasses, with a handkerchief covering his nose, pointing a revolver at him. The robber took from Wolfe his station keys, one of which fitted the cash box, and ordered him to stay in the restroom five minutes. Wolfe overheard conversation between the robber and another person who apparently was a confederate. After the departure of the criminals, Wolfe found that the cash box had been opened and the money taken therefrom. The telephone cord was broken. Investigating police later found finger prints on the telephone receiver.

Some five months later Wolfe selected out of a line-up of five men two who appeared to have the same general physical characteristics as the robber. After hearing the two men talk, Wolfe designated appellants as the one whose voice resembled the voice of the robber. A detective, whose qualifications were not questioned, testified positively that the finger prints found on the telephone receiver were those of appellant.

Appellant sought to prove an alibi by his own testimony and that of his mother to the effect that he and his fiancee had spent the night in question in the home of his parents. The direct examination of the witness Wolfe included the following: 'Q. Had you known the defendant before the date of August 11th, sir? A. No, sir, I hadn't. Q. Had you ever seen him to your knowledge since that time other than the time you picked him out in the show-up? A. No, I hadn't.'

Appellant contends that the intended effect of the last quoted question propounded by the deputy district attorney was to leave the jury with the impression that the witness had positively identified appellant as the robber. In view of the fact that the witness had just previously testified to the circumstances under which he had picked out the defendant from the line-up and to the observations which formed the basis of his identification, we fail to see how the question complained of could be regarded as prejudicial. Able counsel representing appellant at the trial offered no objection to it.

Appellant further complains that the district attorney improperly attempted to prejudice him in the eyes of the jury by asking him, on cross-examination, whether or not he had talked with one Sonny Clark within a few days prior to the robbery about 'pulling some burglaries'. After appellant had answered this question in the negative, appellant's counsel interposed an objection, whereupon the court ordered the answer stricken, sustained the objection and instructed the jury that no inferences should be drawn from the question. There is nothing in the record to indicate that the question was propounded in bad faith, and in the context of the entire record it cannot be regarded as prejudicial.

Appellant complains of a number of other questions propounded by the deputy district attorney which he characterizes as leading and suggestive. All of these questions related to matters of detail without any direct bearing upon defendant's guilt or innocence. The failure of appellant's counsel to object to any of these questions indicates that he properly considered the questions in that light.

Appellant's contention as to the sufficiency of the evidence relates solely to the matter of his identification as the robber. However, as we stated in People v. Yates, 165 Cal.App.2d 489, 332 P.2d 314, 317: 'The identification of the defendant need not be positive. The sufficiency of the evidence of identification is generally a question for the trier of the facts. People v. White, 44 Cal.App.2d 183, 185, 112 P.2d 60; ...

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  • People v. Scott
    • United States
    • California Supreme Court
    • December 30, 1994 other than a plea bargain situation, to impose a sentence is waived by the failure to object in the superior court. (People v. Daly (1959) 168 Cal.App.2d 169, 173-174 .) Also, the fact that a probation officer's report is presented orally rather than in compliance with the statutory mand......
  • People v. Scott
    • United States
    • California Court of Appeals Court of Appeals
    • December 23, 1993
    ...P.2d 836; People v. Farber (1937) 19 Cal.App.2d 189, 193-194, 64 P.2d 1138; regarding other procedural matters: People v. Daly (1959) 168 Cal.App.2d 169, 173-174, 335 P.2d 503; regarding the constitutionality of a statute affecting matters at sentencing: People v. Walker (1968) 266 Cal.App.......
  • People v. Neal
    • United States
    • California Court of Appeals Court of Appeals
    • October 27, 1993
    ...than a plea bargain situation, to impose a sentence is waived by the failure to object in the superior court. (People v. Daly (1959) 168 Cal.App.2d 169, 173-174, 335 P.2d 503.) Also, the fact that a probation officer's report is presented orally rather than in compliance with the statutory ......
  • People v. Ford
    • United States
    • California Supreme Court
    • July 25, 1966 section 1191 of the Penal Code where he waives time for or sanctions the postponement of his sentencing. (People v. Daly, 168 Cal.App.2d 169, 173, 174, 335 P.2d 503.) In the instant case defendant expressly waived time to be sentenced and cannot now be heard to complain that he was sente......
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