State v. Martin (Majority, with Concurring)Annotate this Case
Defendant was charged with numerous misdemeanor offenses. Defendant appealed his convictions in district court to the circuit court, where he stood trial before a jury. After the State rested, Defendant filed a motion for directed verdict, arguing that he had been illegally arrested and that he was entitled to a directed verdict or judgment of acquittal on all charges. The circuit court orally granted Defendant’s motion, excused the jury, and rendered a verdict of not guilty to all charges. The State appealed, arguing that the dismissal of the charges against Defendant was not the appropriate remedy for the illegal arrest. The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, holding that the circuit court’s ruling was not subject to review, and this was not a proper appeal by the State.