State v. Johnson

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Iowa
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM.
Citation138 N.W. 458,157 Iowa 248
PartiesSTATE v. JOHNSON ET AL.
Decision Date19 November 1912

157 Iowa 248
138 N.W. 458

STATE
v.
JOHNSON ET AL.

Supreme Court of Iowa.

Nov. 19, 1912.


Appeal from District Court, Polk County; W. H. McHenry, Judge.

In proceedings instituted before a justice of the peace of Polk county for the condemnation and destruction of a barrel of beer, alleged to have been kept by defendants for sale in violation of law, the justice ordered that said property be condemned and destroyed. On appeal to the district court, the case was taken from the jury after the introduction of the evidence, and the defendants were discharged; the sheriff being ordered to return the liquor seized to the defendants. From this order, the plaintiff appeals. Reversed.

[138 N.W. 459]

George Cosson, Atty. Gen., and John Fletcher, Asst. Atty. Gen., for the State.


PER CURIAM.

The evidence received for the state tended to show that defendants were running a restaurant and grocery store, residing in the same building, and that the liquor seized was the property of defendants and kept in the grocery store. By Code, § 2427, it is provided that “the finding of intoxicating liquors in the possession of one not legally authorized to sell or use the same, except in a private dwelling house which does not include or is not used in connection with a tavern, public eating house, restaurant, grocery or other place of public resort, or the finding of the same in unusual quantities in a private dwelling house or its dependencies of any person keeping a tavern, public eating house, grocery or other place of public resort, shall be presumptive evidence that such liquors are kept for illegal sale.” By Code, §§ 2413-2416, it is provided that intoxicating liquor kept for illegal sale may, in a proper proceeding, be seized, condemned, and destroyed.

The evidence, therefore, made out a prima facie case for the condemnation of the liquor seized, and the question of fact, as to whether the evidence tending to show that the liquor was owned and kept for the personal use of defendants was sufficient to overcome the prima facie case made out for the prosecution, was for the jury. The ruling of the court, taking the case from the jury, was therefore erroneous as a matter of law, in denying to the evidence for the prosecution the presumptive force given to it by the statute. Although we find that the court erred, as a matter of law, in its ruling taking the case from the jury, we have no authority to reverse the judgment on that ground. Having pointed out the error committed...

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6 practice notes
  • State v. Traas, No. 45565.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • June 17, 1941
    ...128 Iowa 543, 105 N.W. 51; [298 N.W. 864]State v. Gilbert, 138 Iowa 335, 116 N.W. 142;State v. Keeler, 28 Iowa 551;State v. Johnson, 157 Iowa 248, 138 N.W. 458;State v. Kirkman, 206 Iowa 364, 220 N.W. 57;State v. Woodruff, 208 Iowa 236, 225 N.W. 254;State v. Meyer, 203 Iowa 694, 213 N.W. 22......
  • State v. Little, No. 39875.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • December 13, 1929
    ...130 N. W. 1079;State v. Fairmont Creamery Co., 153 Iowa, 702, 133 N. W. 895, 42 L. R. A. (N. S.) 821;State v. Johnson, 157 Iowa, 248, 138 N. W. 458;State v. Meyer, 203 Iowa, 694, 213 N. W. 220. The same rule was recognized in each of the following cases which will serve to illustrate the na......
  • Iowa v. Buckley, No. 1--56537
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • August 29, 1975
    ...N.W. 403 (1926); State v. Dietz, 162 Iowa 332, 143 N.W. 1080 (1913); State v. Ford, 161 Iowa 323, 142 N.W. 984 (1913); State v. Johnson, 157 Iowa 248, 138 N.W. 458 (1912); State v. Fairmont Creamery Co., 153 Iowa 702, 133 N.W. 895 (1911); State v. Gilbert, 138 Iowa 335, 116 N.W. 142 (1908);......
  • State v. Wickett, No. 45705.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • October 21, 1941
    ...Friend, 213 Iowa 544, 239 N.W. 132;State v. Traas, 230 Iowa 826, 298 N.W. 862;State v. Meyer, 203 Iowa 694, 213 N.W. 220;State v. Johnson, 157 Iowa 248, 138 N.W. 458;State v. Fairmont Creamery Co., 153 Iowa 702, 133 N.W. 895, 42 L.R.A.,N.S., 821; State v. Jackson, 128 Iowa 543, 105 N.W. 51;......
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6 cases
  • State v. Traas, No. 45565.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • June 17, 1941
    ...128 Iowa 543, 105 N.W. 51; [298 N.W. 864]State v. Gilbert, 138 Iowa 335, 116 N.W. 142;State v. Keeler, 28 Iowa 551;State v. Johnson, 157 Iowa 248, 138 N.W. 458;State v. Kirkman, 206 Iowa 364, 220 N.W. 57;State v. Woodruff, 208 Iowa 236, 225 N.W. 254;State v. Meyer, 203 Iowa 694, 213 N.W. 22......
  • State v. Little, No. 39875.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • December 13, 1929
    ...130 N. W. 1079;State v. Fairmont Creamery Co., 153 Iowa, 702, 133 N. W. 895, 42 L. R. A. (N. S.) 821;State v. Johnson, 157 Iowa, 248, 138 N. W. 458;State v. Meyer, 203 Iowa, 694, 213 N. W. 220. The same rule was recognized in each of the following cases which will serve to illustrate the na......
  • Iowa v. Buckley, No. 1--56537
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • August 29, 1975
    ...N.W. 403 (1926); State v. Dietz, 162 Iowa 332, 143 N.W. 1080 (1913); State v. Ford, 161 Iowa 323, 142 N.W. 984 (1913); State v. Johnson, 157 Iowa 248, 138 N.W. 458 (1912); State v. Fairmont Creamery Co., 153 Iowa 702, 133 N.W. 895 (1911); State v. Gilbert, 138 Iowa 335, 116 N.W. 142 (1908);......
  • State v. Wickett, No. 45705.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • October 21, 1941
    ...Friend, 213 Iowa 544, 239 N.W. 132;State v. Traas, 230 Iowa 826, 298 N.W. 862;State v. Meyer, 203 Iowa 694, 213 N.W. 220;State v. Johnson, 157 Iowa 248, 138 N.W. 458;State v. Fairmont Creamery Co., 153 Iowa 702, 133 N.W. 895, 42 L.R.A.,N.S., 821; State v. Jackson, 128 Iowa 543, 105 N.W. 51;......
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