People v. Lenic , 255 Mich. 29 ( 1931 )

  • Defendants, husband and wife, were convicted and sentenced for unlawful possession of intoxicating liquor, and they bring error. The evidence was obtained under a search warrant issued on an affidavit fair on its face. On search of the home of defendants, nearly eight gallons of moonshine whisky were found. A motion to suppress the evidence so obtained was made, heard, and denied. This motion, hearing thereon, and formal denial thereof, are not in the record. Later present counsel for defendants was retained. He filed a second motion to suppress, on the same grounds, so far as here material, chief of which was that the affidavit for search warrant was false in fact. The second motion was noticed for hearing on April 9, 1930. Nothing was done relative to bringing it on for hearing. When the trial opened on June 16, 1930, it was first called to the attention of the trial judge. Hearing of it was not urged, but defendants' counsel said:

    "I would like to have the record show your honor's decision on that motion. * * * I just want to show the matter was before your honor and a decision rendered." *Page 31

    The court's attention was called to the fact that he had already heard and denied the first like motion to suppress, and he, accordingly and summarily, denied the second. Defendants raised the question of whether the affidavit was false in fact (People v. Burt, 236 Mich. 62) on motion to suppress, which was heard and denied. They, or either of them, were not entitled to a second hearing on the same matter. The point, then, is on the denial of the first motion. There being no record on this feature of the case, we cannot find error.

    Concededly, a case for possession was made against Mrs. Lenic. It is urged there is no evidence that Mr. Lenic had knowledge that the whisky was on his premises, and that the evidence is he did not have such knowledge, and, accordingly, he was not liable to prosecution, and a verdict should have been directed in his favor, citing People v. Burbank, 234 Mich. 600 . In addition to the circumstances, there is direct evidence of statements and admissions by Mr. Lenic indicating such guilty knowledge on his part. It follows that the question was for the jury.

    Possession in this case was unlawful, no doubt of that. So instruction of the trial judge that possession, if found, would be unlawful, was not prejudicial.

    Testimony for defendants is chiefly an improbable story of how they came by the liquor. In his charge the trial judge said:

    "It * * * does not sound reasonable, but what I think about it has nothing to do with the case. You are the ones that have to decide whether it is true or not, or if her explanation is true, or if you believe it to be true; the responsibility is wholly yours." *Page 32

    Under 3 Comp. Laws 1929, § 17322 (code of criminal procedure), and People v. Lintz, 244 Mich. 603, this was not error.

    Other assignments present no reversible error.


    BUTZEL, C.J., and WIEST, McDONALD, POTTER, SHARPE, NORTH, and FEAD, JJ., concurred.

Document Info

DocketNumber: Docket No. 149, Calendar No. 35,243.

Citation Numbers: 255 Mich. 29, 237 N.W. 35

Judges: CLARK, J.

Filed Date: 6/1/1931

Precedential Status: Precedential

Modified Date: 4/14/2017