Franklin v. Mississippi

Ricky Franklin was convicted on one count of kidnapping and on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to thirty years and twenty years, respectively, to run consecutively. A mistrial was entered for one count of forcible rape, and a not-guilty verdict was entered for one count of sexual Franklin was denied his motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV) or, in the alternative, for a new trial. He appealed, arguing the trial court erred: (1) in refusing to instruct the jury on simple assault as a lesser-included offense of aggravated assault, (2) in allowing improper opinion testimony from numerous witnesses concerning whether a bottle could cause serious bodily injury, (3) in allowing prejudicial hearsay statements allegedly made to police; (4) in allowing inflammatory statements in the prosecution's closing argument to violate his right to a fair trial; and (5) in denying Franklin's motion to dismiss for violation of his right to a speedy trial. Upon careful consideration of the trial court record, the Supreme Court reversed and remanded Franklin's conviction of aggravated assault under issue one; the Court did not reach issue two, and affirmed the trial court on all other issues raised on appeal. View "Franklin v. Mississippi" on Justia Law