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COMMONWEALTH v. MEEHAN (01/21/63)

THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


January 21, 1963

COMMONWEALTH
v.
MEEHAN, APPELLANT.

Appeal, No. 432, Jan. T., 1962, from order of Superior Court, Oct. T., 1962, Nos. 161 and 162, affirming judgment of sentence of Court of Oyer and Terminer and General Jail Delivery, June T., 1957, No. 766, and from order of Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace of Philadelphia County, June t., 1957, No. 777, in case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. John J. Meehan. Order reversed.

COUNSEL

Mary Alice Duffy, for appellant.

Burton Satzberg, Assistant District Attorney, with him Arlen Specter, Assistant District Attorney, F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, Jr., First Assistant District Attorney, and James C. Crumlish, Jr., District Attorney, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Before Bell, C.j., Musmanno, Jones, Cohen, Eagen and O'brien, JJ.

[ 409 Pa. Page 618]

OPINION PER CURIAM

The defendant was convicted of the crimes of aggravated robbery and conspiracy. He was sentenced to the penitentiary on the robbery conviction. Sentence on the conspiracy conviction was suspended. On appeal, the Superior Court affirmed the judgment: Commonwealth v. Meehan, 198 Pa. Superior Ct. 558, 182 A.2d 243 (1962). We granted allocatur.

Our study of the record and the unusual circumstances it discloses is convincing that a new trial is required for the reasons given in the minority opinion of Judge FLOOD of the Superior Court. See also, Commonwealth ex rel. Whitling v. Russell, 406 Pa. 45, 176 A.2d 641 (1962).

Disposition

Order affirming the judgment of conviction and sentence is reversed. A new trial is ordered.

ING OPINION BY MR. CHIEF JUSTICE BELL:

I dissent. I believe the alleged conflict of interest is unrealistic and imaginary. I would affirm the judgment and sentence on the Opinion of Judge MONTGOMERY, speaking for the Superior Court.

Mr. Justice COHEN joins in this dissenting Opinion.

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