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COMMONWEALTH EX REL. GEIGER v. MARONEY (09/29/65)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: September 29, 1965.

COMMONWEALTH EX REL. GEIGER, APPELLANT,
v.
MARONEY

Appeal from order of Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County, April T., 1964, No. 736, in case of Commonwealth ex rel. George P. Geiger v. James F. Maroney, Superintendent.

COUNSEL

George P. Geiger, appellant, in propria persona.

William F. Caruthers, Assistant District Attorney, and Richard E. McCormick, District Attorney, for appellee.

Bell, C. J., Musmanno, Jones, Cohen, Eagen, O'Brien and Roberts, JJ. Mr. Justice Cohen dissents.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 419 Pa. Page 148]

Petitioner challenges his 1960 conviction in reliance on the decision in Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478, 84 S. Ct. 1758 (1964), and Mallory v. United States, 354 U.S. 449, 77 S. Ct. 1356 (1957). He further alleges a pretrial deprivation of the right to counsel on the

[ 419 Pa. Page 149]

    basis of the decision in White v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 59, 83 S. Ct. 1050 (1963).

We find no merit in petitioner's contentions. Having concluded in Commonwealth v. Negri, 419 Pa. 117, 213 A.2d 670 (1965), that the mandate of Escobedo is not to be given retrospective application, Negri is here controlling. Petitioner's contention in reliance on Mallory is foreclosed by our decision in Commonwealth ex rel. Sleighter v. Banmiller, 392 Pa. 133, 139 A.2d 918 (1958).*fn*

Finally, the record fails to disclose any prejudice arising from petitioner's lack of counsel at the preliminary hearing and, therefore, no violation of his constitutional rights resulted. See Commonwealth ex rel. Butler v. Rundle, 416 Pa. 321, 206 A.2d 283 (1965).

Order affirmed.

Disposition

Order affirmed.


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