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1940 OK 93
99 P.2d 498
186 Okla. 583
Case Number: 28808
Decided: 02/20/1940
Supreme Court of Oklahoma



¶0 APPEAL AND ERROR--Reversal--Failure of defendant in error to file brief.
Where plaintiff in error has served and filed brief, but the defendant in error has neither filed a brief nor offered any excuse for his failure to do so, the court is not required to search the record to find some theory upon which the judgment of the trial court may be sustained, but may, where the authorities cited in the brief filed, appear reasonably to sustain the assignments of error, reverse the cause, with directions.

Appeal from District Court, Mayes County; N. B. Johnson, Judge.

Action by L. P. Hines against W. T. Gooldy for possession of personal property. From a judgment for the plaintiff, defendant appeals. Reversed and remanded, with directions.

Ernest R. Brown, of Pryor, for plaintiff in error.
Ward, Justus & Ward, of Tulsa, and A. C. Brewster, of Pryor, for defendant in error.


¶1 Defendant has appealed from a judgment entered against him in the trial court, and on November, 25, 1938, he filed his brief. The authorities therein cited reasonably sustain the allegations of error. The defendant in error has filed no brief and has offered no excuse for such failure. Under such circumstances, as stated in Osborne v. Osborne, 163 Okla. 273, 21 P.2d 1056, it is not the duty of this court to search the record for some theory upon which to sustain the action of the trial court, but the cause will be reversed and remanded, with directions.

¶2 The cause is reversed and remanded, with directions to vacate the judgment entered for the plaintiff and grant a new trial.