State v. Sullivan

Citation52 Or. 614,98 P. 493
Decision Date15 December 1908
CourtSupreme Court of Oregon

Appeal from Circuit Court, Polk County; George Burnett, Judge.

Thomas Sullivan was convicted of selling intoxicating liquor to a minor, and appeals. Affirmed.

Webster Holmes, for appellant.

John H McNary, Dist. Atty., for the State.


Defendant was indicted for the crime of selling intoxicating liquor to a minor. He was duly arraigned and demurred to the indictment on the ground that more than one crime is charged therein and that the facts stated to not constitute a crime, which demurrer was submitted and taken under advisement by the court. On the same day, and before the decision on the demurrer, a stipulation in writing was entered into between counsel for defendant and the district attorney, in which it was stipulated and agreed that all the matters and things alleged in the indictment "are true and the same are hereby admitted and confessed"; that they occurred in the town of Independence, an incorporated town; that defendant have 30 days' time in which to present to the court his view of the law of the case, and that thereafter at such time as the court might be advised, judgment should be entered upon the stipulation of facts and the law properly applicable thereto.

Thereafter the cause came on to be heard on the indictment and stipulation. Defendant appeared in person and by counsel, and after argument the court decided that as a matter of law defendant was guilty of the crime charged in the indictment, and he was sentenced accordingly. From this judgment he appeals, claiming that the court erred in not disposing of the demurrer, and thereafter giving him opportunity to plead to the indictment. The question sought to be raised by the demurrer, we infer from counsel's argument here, was whether defendant could be convicted under the state law for selling liquor to a minor within the corporate limits of Independence. The facts, however necessary to raise the question do not appear on the face of the indictment, and for this reason, no doubt, the stipulation was entered into. The entire case was afterwards submitted to the court by counsel for defendant, without objection, on the indictment and stipulation, and the finding of the court that defendant was guilty of the crime charged was necessarily a holding that the indictment was good. On no other theory could the judgment have been rendered....

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