Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
State v. Reese
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While working as a porter on a train passing through the State of Washington, Arthur Reese (Defendant) stole a gold watch worth $50 and another item of gold jewelry worth $50 from Chas. E. Roediger. About a month later, Defendant pawned the watch in the city of Spokane. Defendant was charged with grand larceny. The specific statute Defendant was charged under noted that the “jurisdiction of all public offenses committed on any such railway car, train, boat, or other public conveyance…shall be in any county through which said car, coach, train, boat…may pass during the trip.” At trial, the testimony revealed that Roediger had gone to sleep around midnight while still in possession of the items and when he awoke the next day, they were missing. Defendant was found guilty. Immediately thereafter, Defendant’s defense counsel moved the court in arrest of judgment, similar to a judgment notwithstanding the verdict, which was sustained. The State appealed.
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