Criminal Appeals In Oklahoma Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Sports Type: Essay Paper: #30223456 Related Topics: Alcoholic Beverage, Probable Cause, Sports Law, Beer
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Sullateskee V. the State of Oklahoma, No. A-14062

Facts: In 1967, Gladys Juanita Sullateskee was charged in Oklahoma Municipal Court with possessing a total of 556 bottles of whiskey for sale without the proper issued state permits (via the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Control Board). During the proceedings a jury trial was waived and the case was sent to a judge. He determined that Sullateskee was guilty of possession with the intent to distribute and fined her $25.00.

Sullateskee is appealing the decision based upon the fact that the prosecution failed to show the whiskey actually belonged to the defendant. This is because she was a waitress who worked at the establishment and is not the owner. She argues that intent is not the same as actually conducting the crimes she is charged with. During the trial, the prosecution had only one witness who was the investigating officer. He testified that Sullateskee was not the owner of this establishment and was one of several waitresses who worked there. Furthermore, he indicated that several people were drunk and there were no whiskey bottles out in the open when they raided the establishment. This is problematic, as...

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Instead, she feels that the prosecution is targeting her based upon the fact that she works at the establishment. Evidence of this can be seen with the answers provided during cross examination with the officer saying, " Q Who was in charge of the premises when you arrived that evening, Officer Glanz? A. Mr. Sullateskee. Q Had you ever been in that place, any time prior? A Yes sir. Q Who was in charge of the premises on those times prior? A Different barmaids. Q Is Mrs. Sullateskee a barmaid, or the owner, if you know? A She is a barmaid. By the Court: Do you know who the owner is? A. Yes, sir, the owner was R.E. Herrington. Q Was there anything on the wall that would indicate they had a license? A No, sir, they were not holders of Federal or State alcohol Beverage license. Q Whatever happened to Herrington? A His beer license was revoked, and the Bar was closed. Q By the County Judge? A Yes, sir." ("Sullateskee V. the State of Oklahoma,"1967) To make matters worse, Sullateskee was never in possession of the key to the storage room and the police had to break the lock…

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Sullateskee V. the State of Oklahoma. (1967). E Cases. Retrieved from: http://www.ecases.us/case/oklacrimapp/1391482/sullateskee-v-state

US Liquor Law. (2015). Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Fletcher, G. (2005). American Law. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.


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