State v. Blair, No. 509.

Docket NºNo. 509.
Citation196 A. 242
Case DateJanuary 04, 1938
CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Vermont
196 A. 242

STATE
v.
BLAIR.

No. 509.

Supreme Court of Vermont. Franklin.

Jan. 4, 1938.


Exceptions from Franklin Municipal Court; P. L. Shangraw, Municipal Judge.

Carl Blair was convicted of furnishing a person with intoxicating liquor, and he brings exceptions.

Exceptions overruled.

Argued before POWERS, C. J., and SLACK, MOULTON, SHERBURNE, and BUTTLES, JJ.

P. C. Warner, of St. Albans, for respondent. W. K. Sullivan, State's Atty., of St. Albans, for the State.

SHERBURNE, Justice.

The respondent has been convicted of furnishing intoxicating liquor to one William McCarthy, and comes here upon exceptions. The respondent ran a restaurant in Richford, and the evidence tended to show that in November, 1936, he served gin to McCarthy in the kitchen in back of the restaurant upon one occasion, and in the dining room of the restaurant about three times. In reply to a question if the respondent served him intoxicating liquor about the 1st of November, McCarthy answered: "Yeah, I think the first of November." It did not appear in what part of November the other acts of furnishing took place.

At the close of the evidence the respondent asked the State to elect as to which date in November the count in the complaint was to apply. Thereupon, in reply to a question by the court, the state's attorney answered: "We rely upon the furnishing about the first of November." To this respondent's counsel replied: "Well, then we object and ask that the State elect as to the furnishing to McCarthy which one of the three times we rely upon," and the court said: "Respondent's motion denied and exception allowed."

There can be no question but that the respondent was entitled to have the State elect as to which offense it relied upon. State v. Coomer, 105 Vt. 175, 178, 163 A. 585, 94 A.L.R. 1038. Instead of denying the last request, it would have been better for the court to have stated that the State had already made an election, as we think that a sufficient election was made by the reply of the state's attorney to the court's question. No error appears. It should be noted that the date was the only matter discussed. Had the State been asked to elect as to the place where the offense was committed, whether in the kitchen or in the dining room, another question might be presented.

Exceptions overruled. Let execution be done.

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4 practice notes
  • State v. Bonilla, No. 82-314
    • United States
    • Vermont United States State Supreme Court of Vermont
    • May 18, 1984
    ...evidence of many acts, any one of which would constitute the offense charged, an election must be made. State v. Blair, 109 Vt. 306, 307, 196 A. 242, 243 (1938); State v. Coomer, 105 Vt. 175, 178, 163 A. 585, 587 (1933); State v. Field, 95 Vt. 375, 379, 115 A. 296, 297-98 (1921); State v. B......
  • State v. Peatman, No. 16–284
    • United States
    • Vermont United States State Supreme Court of Vermont
    • March 16, 2018
    ...of many acts, any one of which would constitute the offense charged, an election must be made. See, e.g., State v. Blair, 109 Vt. 306, 307, 196 A. 242, 243 (1938) ("There can be no question but that the respondent was entitled to have the State elect as to which offense it relied upon."); S......
  • State v. Peatman, No. 2016-284
    • United States
    • Vermont United States State Supreme Court of Vermont
    • March 16, 2018
    ...of many acts, any one of which would constitute the offense charged, an election must be made. See, e.g., State v. Blair, 109 Vt. 306, 307, 196 A. 242, 243 (1938) ("There can be no question but that the respondent was entitled to have the State elect as to which offense it relied upon."); S......
  • State v. Holcomb, No. 90-275
    • United States
    • Vermont United States State Supreme Court of Vermont
    • March 29, 1991
    ...circumstances, but each of these cases involved instances where the defendant sought an election. See State v. Blair, 109 Vt. 306, 307, 196 A. 242, 243 (1938); State v. Coomer, 105 Vt. 175, 178, 163 A. 585, 587 (1933); State v. Field, 95 Vt. 375, 379, 115 A. 296, 297-98 (1921); State v. Bar......
4 cases
  • State v. Bonilla, No. 82-314
    • United States
    • Vermont United States State Supreme Court of Vermont
    • May 18, 1984
    ...evidence of many acts, any one of which would constitute the offense charged, an election must be made. State v. Blair, 109 Vt. 306, 307, 196 A. 242, 243 (1938); State v. Coomer, 105 Vt. 175, 178, 163 A. 585, 587 (1933); State v. Field, 95 Vt. 375, 379, 115 A. 296, 297-98 (1921); State v. B......
  • State v. Peatman, No. 16–284
    • United States
    • Vermont United States State Supreme Court of Vermont
    • March 16, 2018
    ...of many acts, any one of which would constitute the offense charged, an election must be made. See, e.g., State v. Blair, 109 Vt. 306, 307, 196 A. 242, 243 (1938) ("There can be no question but that the respondent was entitled to have the State elect as to which offense it relied upon."); S......
  • State v. Peatman, No. 2016-284
    • United States
    • Vermont United States State Supreme Court of Vermont
    • March 16, 2018
    ...of many acts, any one of which would constitute the offense charged, an election must be made. See, e.g., State v. Blair, 109 Vt. 306, 307, 196 A. 242, 243 (1938) ("There can be no question but that the respondent was entitled to have the State elect as to which offense it relied upon."); S......
  • State v. Holcomb, No. 90-275
    • United States
    • Vermont United States State Supreme Court of Vermont
    • March 29, 1991
    ...circumstances, but each of these cases involved instances where the defendant sought an election. See State v. Blair, 109 Vt. 306, 307, 196 A. 242, 243 (1938); State v. Coomer, 105 Vt. 175, 178, 163 A. 585, 587 (1933); State v. Field, 95 Vt. 375, 379, 115 A. 296, 297-98 (1921); State v. Bar......

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