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COMMONWEALTH v. RANSOM (01/07/52)

January 7, 1952

COMMONWEALTH
v.
RANSOM, APPELLANT



Appeals, Nos. 19 and 20, March T., 1952, from judgments of Superior Court, April T., 1951, Nos. 71 and 73, affirming judgments of Court of Oyer and Terminer of Lawrence County, Sept. T., 1950, Nos. 2 and 3, in case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Owen Ransom. Judgment affirmed.

COUNSEL

Leroy K. Donaldson, with him Joseph Solomon, for appellant.

John S. Powers, Assistant District Attorney, with him Sherman K. Levine, District Attorney, for appellee.

Before Drew, C.j., Stern, Stearne, Bell, Ladner and Chidsey, JJ.

Author: Bell

[ 369 Pa. Page 154]

OPINION BY MR. JUSTICE BELL

The defendant was found guilty of rape and robbery, and from sentence and judgment thereon he appealed to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and thence to this Court.

This appeal revolves around the troublesome subject of the admissibility of evidence of allegedly similar and related crimes, viz., evidence of attempted rape and robbery, several hours, and of rape forty-eight hours prior to the commission of this crime.

The case was fairly and ably tried by Judge JOHN J. LAMOREE, and we find no merit in any of the defendant's contentions nor any reversible error. The judgment is affirmed on the able opinion of President Judge RHODES which is reported in 169 Pa. Superior Ct. 306, 82 A.2d 547.

Judgment affirmed.

Disposition

The case was fairly and ably tried by Judge JOHN J. LAMOREE, and we find no merit in any of the defendant's contentions nor any reversible error. The judgment is affirmed on the able opinion of President Judge RHODES ...


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