State v. Berkeley

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Missouri
Writing for the CourtSherwood
Citation140 Mo. 184,41 S.W. 732
Decision Date22 June 1897
PartiesSTATE ex rel. DEARING, Pros. Atty., v. BERKELEY.
41 S.W. 732
140 Mo. 184
STATE ex rel. DEARING, Pros. Atty.,
v.
BERKELEY.
Supreme Court of Missouri, Division No. 2.
June 22, 1897.

QUO WARRANTO — BY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY — OFFICERS — DISQUALIFICATION — DELINQUENT TAXES.

1. An ex officio information in quo warranto by a prosecuting attorney to try title to office need not show a right adverse to the incumbent.

2. An ex officio information in quo warranto by a prosecuting attorney may be filed without leave.

3. A candidate who pays his delinquent city taxes at 9 a. m. on election day is not disqualified under Laws 1893, art. 4, § 25, providing that no person shall be elected to a city office who is "at the time" in arrears for city taxes.

Appeal from circuit court, Jefferson county; James F. Green, Judge.

Ex officio information in quo warranto by Frank R. Dearing, prosecuting attorney, against James G. Berkeley, to try title to office. From a judgment of ouster, defendant appeals. Reversed.

J. G. Berkeley, in pro. per. Jos. G. Williams, for respondent.

SHERWOOD, J.


On an ex officio information filed in the circuit court, this proceeding in the nature of a quo warranto was instituted; and by the judgment of that court defendant was ousted from his office of city attorney of the city of Desoto, and from such judgment of ouster he appeals to this court.

1. The prosecuting attorney has in the case at bar instituted this proceeding in the proper manner. "The title to all offices being derived from the state, and it having an inherent right at any time to call upon one who assumes to exercise the functions of a public office to show his right to do so, it is evident that no specific allegations of right or title on the part of the state can be necessary. * * * Therefore in such cases * * * a charge, in general language, that the respondent has entered into, usurped, and unlawfully exercised the functions of a certain office, is all that is required to put him to his answer. * * * In all these cases the state seeks to recover not so much on the strength of its own title as upon the weakness or defects in the respondent's title, which it calls upon him to establish." Mechem, Pub. Off. § 491. "And when the information is filed in its name by the attorney general, or other similar officer, it will be presumed that he does so in his official capacity, and for the purpose of vindicating the rights of the state." Id. § 490. Not so, however, when the proceedings are begun at the instance of some...

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  • State ex rel. Young v. Kent
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Minnesota (US)
    • 17 Noviembre 1905
    ...151 Mo. 162, 52 S. W. 248;State v. Balcom, 71 Mo. App. 27;State v. Bland, 144 Mo. 534, 46 S. W. 440,41 L. R. A. 297;State v. Berkeley, 140 Mo. 184, 41 S. W. 732;State v. McSpaden, 137 Mo. 628, 39 S. W. 81;State v. Town of Mansfield, 99 Mo. App. 146, 72 S. W. 471. The control of the Attorney......
  • State ex rel. v. Village of Kent, Nos. 14,591-(30).
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Minnesota (US)
    • 17 Noviembre 1905
    ...v. Lindell, 151 Mo. 162, 52 S. W. 248; State v. Balcom, 71 Mo. App. 27; State v. Bland, 144 Mo. 534, 46 S. W. 440; State v. Berkeley, 140 Mo. 184, 41 S. W. 732; State v. McSpaden, 137 Mo. 628, 39 S. W. 81; State v. Town of Mansfield, 99 Mo. App. 146, 72 S. W. The control of the attorney gen......
  • State ex Inf. Wallach v. Loesch, No. 38294.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • 25 Marzo 1943
    ...12944, 12991, R.S. 1939; Sec. 12993a, Laws 1941, p. 318; State ex rel. Brown v. McMillan, 108 Mo. 153; State ex inf. Dearing v. Berkeley, 140 Mo. 184; State ex rel. Kimbrell v. People's Ice, Storage & Fuel Co., 151 S.W. 101, 246 Mo. 168; State ex rel. Thrash v. Lamb, 141 S.W. 665, 237 Mo. 4......
  • State ex Inf. Wallach v. Beckman, No. 39223.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • 5 Marzo 1945
    ...instance of some private individual; in such case his interest in the question must be made to appear." State ex inf. Deering v. Berkeley, 140 Mo. 184, 41 S.W. 732; State ex rel. Boyd v. Rose, 84 Mo. 198; State ex rel. Kimbrell v. People's Ice, Storage & Fuel Co., 246 Mo. 168, 151 S.W. 101;......
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11 cases
  • State ex rel. Young v. Kent
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Minnesota (US)
    • 17 Noviembre 1905
    ...151 Mo. 162, 52 S. W. 248;State v. Balcom, 71 Mo. App. 27;State v. Bland, 144 Mo. 534, 46 S. W. 440,41 L. R. A. 297;State v. Berkeley, 140 Mo. 184, 41 S. W. 732;State v. McSpaden, 137 Mo. 628, 39 S. W. 81;State v. Town of Mansfield, 99 Mo. App. 146, 72 S. W. 471. The control of the Attorney......
  • State ex rel. v. Village of Kent, Nos. 14,591-(30).
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Minnesota (US)
    • 17 Noviembre 1905
    ...v. Lindell, 151 Mo. 162, 52 S. W. 248; State v. Balcom, 71 Mo. App. 27; State v. Bland, 144 Mo. 534, 46 S. W. 440; State v. Berkeley, 140 Mo. 184, 41 S. W. 732; State v. McSpaden, 137 Mo. 628, 39 S. W. 81; State v. Town of Mansfield, 99 Mo. App. 146, 72 S. W. The control of the attorney gen......
  • State ex Inf. Wallach v. Loesch, No. 38294.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • 25 Marzo 1943
    ...12944, 12991, R.S. 1939; Sec. 12993a, Laws 1941, p. 318; State ex rel. Brown v. McMillan, 108 Mo. 153; State ex inf. Dearing v. Berkeley, 140 Mo. 184; State ex rel. Kimbrell v. People's Ice, Storage & Fuel Co., 151 S.W. 101, 246 Mo. 168; State ex rel. Thrash v. Lamb, 141 S.W. 665, 237 Mo. 4......
  • State ex Inf. Wallach v. Beckman, No. 39223.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • 5 Marzo 1945
    ...instance of some private individual; in such case his interest in the question must be made to appear." State ex inf. Deering v. Berkeley, 140 Mo. 184, 41 S.W. 732; State ex rel. Boyd v. Rose, 84 Mo. 198; State ex rel. Kimbrell v. People's Ice, Storage & Fuel Co., 246 Mo. 168, 151 S.W. 101;......
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