State v. Davis, (No. 4511.)

CourtSupreme Court of West Virginia
Writing for the CourtMILLER
Citation112 S.E. 414
PartiesSTATE. v. DAVIS.
Docket Number(No. 4511.)
Decision Date16 May 1922

112 S.E. 414

STATE.
v.
DAVIS.

(No. 4511.)

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.

May 16, 1922.


(Syllabus by the Court.)

Error to Circuit Court, Summers County.

Marvin Davis was convicted of stealing goods, and he brings error. Reversed, and remanded for new trial.

Wm. H. Sawyers and T. J. Lilly, both of Hinton, for plaintiff in error.

E. T. England, Atty. Gen., and R. Dennis Steed, Asst. Atty. Gen., for the State.

MILLER, Judge. The defendant was indicted, tried, and convicted of stealing certain goods, the property of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company, of the value of more than twenty dollars, and was sentenced to the penitentiary for the period of two years. *

The only error urged or argued here by defendant's counsel is that the court below overruled his objection to six of the panel of jurors and allowed three of them, admittedly employees of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company, to be sworn to try the case, and who did sit on the trial thereof and participate in the verdict against him.

What the evidence taken on their voir dire, if any, may have shown regarding the other qualifications of these jurors the record does not show; but if the main objection is good, the other facts become immaterial.

In the recent case of State v. Dushman, 79 W. Va. 747, 91 S. E. 809, the defendant objected to employees of the railway company being included in the panel of twenty jurors from which he was called upon to exercise his right of peremptory challenge. We decided in that case that the error was fatal to the trial, though none of the employees of the railway company were chosen or sat as jurors on the trial, because under the rules of the common law defendant was entitled to a panel of twenty qualified jurors before being required to exercise his right of peremptory challenge. And we held in that case what is particularly applicable here, namely, that an employee of a railway company prima facie is disqualified to sit as a juror on the trial of one indicted for stealing, or buying or receiving property of the railway company alleged to have been stolen.

Such being the law, the judgment must...

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  • White v. Lock, No. 16401
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 26 Junio 1985
    ...219 (1947); nor was the employer in any sense a victim. State v. Dushman, 79 W.Va. 747, 91 S.E. 809 (1917); State v. Davis, 91 W.Va. 241, 112 S.E. 414 " 'The true test as to whether a juror is qualified to serve on the panel is whether without bias or prejudice he can render a verdict ......
  • State v. Beckett, No. 15887
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 16 Diciembre 1983
    ...v. Kilpatrick, 158 W.Va. 289, 210 S.E.2d 480 (1974); State v. West, 157 W.Va. 209, 200 S.E.2d 859 (1973); State v. Davis, 91 W.Va. 241, 112 S.E. 414 It should be noted that while the common law disqualifications are in the main rather explicit, they are not without some ambiguity, particula......
  • Murphy v. Cole, No. 32590.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • 18 Diciembre 1935
    ...918; Georgia Railroad & Banking Company v. Tice, 124 Ga. 459, 465, 52 S.E. 916, 4 Ann. Cas. 200; State v. Davis, 91 W. Va. 241, 242, 112 S.E. 414; Peklenuk v. Isle Royale Copper Co., 187 Mich. 644, 647, 153 N.W. 1068; Hufnagle v. Delaware & Hudson Company, 227 Pa. 476, 479, 76 Atl. ......
  • State v. Wilcox, No. 14658
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 19 Enero 1982
    ...in our research. The most similar West Virginia cases are distinguishable. In State v. Dushman, supra, and State v. Davis, 91 W.Va. 241, 112 S.E. 414 (1922), employees of companies which had been robbed were permitted to serve on juries trying persons for stealing and for buying and receivi......
4 cases
  • White v. Lock, No. 16401
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 26 Junio 1985
    ...219 (1947); nor was the employer in any sense a victim. State v. Dushman, 79 W.Va. 747, 91 S.E. 809 (1917); State v. Davis, 91 W.Va. 241, 112 S.E. 414 " 'The true test as to whether a juror is qualified to serve on the panel is whether without bias or prejudice he can render a verdict ......
  • State v. Beckett, No. 15887
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 16 Diciembre 1983
    ...v. Kilpatrick, 158 W.Va. 289, 210 S.E.2d 480 (1974); State v. West, 157 W.Va. 209, 200 S.E.2d 859 (1973); State v. Davis, 91 W.Va. 241, 112 S.E. 414 It should be noted that while the common law disqualifications are in the main rather explicit, they are not without some ambiguity, particula......
  • Murphy v. Cole, No. 32590.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • 18 Diciembre 1935
    ...918; Georgia Railroad & Banking Company v. Tice, 124 Ga. 459, 465, 52 S.E. 916, 4 Ann. Cas. 200; State v. Davis, 91 W. Va. 241, 242, 112 S.E. 414; Peklenuk v. Isle Royale Copper Co., 187 Mich. 644, 647, 153 N.W. 1068; Hufnagle v. Delaware & Hudson Company, 227 Pa. 476, 479, 76 Atl. ......
  • State v. Wilcox, No. 14658
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 19 Enero 1982
    ...in our research. The most similar West Virginia cases are distinguishable. In State v. Dushman, supra, and State v. Davis, 91 W.Va. 241, 112 S.E. 414 (1922), employees of companies which had been robbed were permitted to serve on juries trying persons for stealing and for buying and receivi......

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