Wasy v. State, 29361

Docket NºNo. 29361
Citation138 N.E.2d 1, 236 Ind. 215
Case DateNovember 07, 1956
CourtSupreme Court of Indiana

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138 N.E.2d 1
236 Ind. 215
Maria WASY, Appellant,
STATE of Indiana, Appellee.
No. 29361.
Supreme Court of Indiana.
Nov. 7, 1956.
Rehearing Denied Jan. 15, 1957.

[236 Ind. 216] Robert H. Moore and Tetek & Tomsich, Gary, for appellant.

Edwin K. Steers, Atty. Gen., Owen S. Boling, Richard M. Givan, Deputy Attys. Gen., for appellee.


The appellant claims she did not receive a fair and impartial trial mainly because of certain alleged improper and highly prejudicial remarks made by the prosecuting attorney, and published over the radio and

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newspaper, which statement came to the knowledge of the jurors who tried her case. There are other alleged errors coupled with this which are discussed below.

The appellant was charged by affidavit with performing an illegal abortion. A jury found the appellant [236 Ind. 217] guilty; she was fined $1,000, and sentenced to three to fourteen years in the Indiana Women's Prison. On the first day of the trial during the selection of the jury, the prosecuting attorney in open court outside of the presence of the jury, charged that someone on behalf of the defense had tried to bribe a witness, one Dr. Daniel T. Ramker, and that he was offered $5,000 to throw the case against the state of Indiana. The prosecuting attorney stated he did not know who had made the attempt to bribe, but intended to carry on an investigation. Radio broadcasting stations announced over the air as a part of the newscast that day, regularly given, this statement of an attempt to bribe. Two or three of the newspapers carried the same items in more detail in their issues prominently quoting the prosecuting attorney with reference to the bribery charge.

In the motion for a new trial later filed, the additional facts were alleged that the bailiff permitted the jurors to have in the jury room before the jury had been sworn, one of the articles cut from the newspaper regarding the alleged attempt to bribe which was shown to other jurors.

The court overruled a motion to withdraw case from trial, and for a continuance based on the alleged inflammatory statements and publications. The motion for a new trial, among other things, also sets forth that the bailiff of the court exhibited his prejudice against the defendant, and advised and counseled with prosecuting attorney during the trial in the presence of the jury; that the bailiff in calling the names to fill the panel did not take them in the regular order, and in manner listed as drawn from the jury box. When the appellant's motion was filed, the bailiff made the statement in the presence of the court, 'The motion should be overruled.' Complaint is made also of the fact that prosecuting attorney attempted by questioning over the objection[236 Ind. 218] of...

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