People v. Nash

Decision Date21 May 1963
Docket NumberCr. 3373
Citation216 Cal.App.2d 491,31 Cal.Rptr. 195
CourtCalifornia Court of Appeals Court of Appeals
PartiesThe PEOPLE of the State of California, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Walter NASH, Defendant and Appellant.

L. Miles Snyder, Sacramento, under appointment by Third District Court of Appeal, for appellant.

Sanley Mosk, Atty. Gen., by Doris H. Maier, Asst. Atty. Gen., and Roger E. Venturi Deputy Atty. Gen., Sacramento, for respondent.

PIERCE, Presiding Justice.

Defendant appeals from the judgment entered upon a jury verdict finding him guilty of rape and from the order denying his motion for new trial.

Upon defendant's request, counsel was appointed to represent him on this appeal. This attorney has advised the court that after reviewing the record, he is of the opinion there are no meritorious grounds of appeal. Subsequently, defendant filed a brief, raising numerous points, all of which he contends warrant a reversal of the judgment. After an independent review of the record and the points raised by defendant, we also reach the conclusion that there is no merit in the appeal.

The prosecutrix, C_____ R_____, an 18-year-old girl, testified that defendant, while driving her in his automobile, ostensibly to take her to her sister's home, stopped the car, asked her to engage in sexual intercourse, and when she refused, threatened to cut her with a razor. The girl still refused to submit and sought to escape. She was overtaken and returned to the car where she was overpowered and raped. Returning to her home, she immediately telephoned her mother in the rpesence of her grandmother, and informed her mother of the incident. Her testimony relating to the telephone call was corroborated by the mother and by the grandmother. The mother immediately called the police. When the police approached defendant later that night he denied that he even knew C_____ R_____. He stated he had not left his home since 5 P.M. that evening. The police, however, found fresh mud on the shoes in his room and found that the motor of defendant's automobile was still warm. (It was a cold, wet night.)

At the trial defendant, testifying in his own behalf, changed his story, admitted he had had intercourse with the girl, but contended she had participated willingly.

Defendant urges that he was convicted on incredible testimony. But the girl's testimony was not inherently improbable. The verdict of the jury finding that defendant accomplished rape upon the girl by means of physical force or by threats of great bodily harm or both finds support in the evidence and is binding on the appellate court. (People v. Castro, 85 Cal.App. 228, 259 P. 117; People v. Battilana, 52 Cal.App.2d 685, 126 P.2d 923.)

Other contentions will be briefly answered:

The information, contrary to the defendant's contention, was not defective. It adequately apprises the defendant of the crime charged. (Penal Code, § 952; People v. Meichtry, 37 Cal.2d 385, 231 P.2d 847.)

No error was committed, as contended, when the district attorney waived his right to make an opening statement. He is not required to. (People...

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  • People v. Nash
    • United States
    • California Court of Appeals Court of Appeals
    • 16 de abril de 1968
    ...counsel to represent him on the appeal. The following statement of the circumstances of the crime taken from People v. Nash (1963) 216 Cal.App.2d 491, 492, 31 Cal.Rptr. 195, 196, will be hereinafter amplified, if necessary, to point up defendant's 'The prosecutrix, C_ _ R_ _, an 18-year-old......
  • Nash, In re
    • United States
    • California Supreme Court
    • 2 de julho de 1964
    ...his requests, and the appeal was submitted without oral argument by either side. The appellate court affirmed the judgment (People v. Nash, 216 Cal.App.2d 491, 31 Car.Rptr. 195) and denied a rehearing. This court denied a hearing. Petitioner then sought a writ of certiorari from the United ......
  • People v. Perez
    • United States
    • California Court of Appeals Court of Appeals
    • 28 de outubro de 1965
    ...and to disbelieve the defendant. We cannot disturb that decision unless her testimony is unworthy of belief. (People v. Nash, 216 Cal.App.2d 491, 492-493, 31 Cal.Rptr. 195, cert.den. 375 U.S. 988, 84 S.Ct. 522, 11 L.Ed.2d 475.) Defendant cites the case of People v. Carvalho, 112 Cal.App.2d ......
2 books & journal articles
  • Opening statement
    • United States
    • James Publishing Practical Law Books California Objections
    • 29 de março de 2023
    ...Penal Code §1093(b). The prosecutor is not compelled to make a statement, and may waive the opportunity. People v. Nash (1963) 216 Cal. App. 2d 491, 31 Cal. Rptr. 195. The right to make an opening statement on behalf of the People has never been questioned. People v. Arnold (1926) 199 Cal. ......
  • Table of cases
    • United States
    • James Publishing Practical Law Books California Objections
    • 29 de março de 2023
    ...105 Cal. Rptr. 345, §14:20 Nally v. Grace Community Church (1988) 47 Cal. 3d 278, 253 Cal. Rptr. 97, §13:50 Nash, People v. (1963) 216 Cal. App. 2d 491, 31 Cal. Rptr. 195, §5:20 National Football League Properties, Inc. v. Superior Court (1998) 65 Cal. App. 4th 100, 75 Cal. Rptr. 2d 893, §1......

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