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COMMONWEALTH EX REL. ADDERLEY v. MYERS (01/04/66)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: January 4, 1966.

COMMONWEALTH EX REL. ADDERLEY, APPELLANT,
v.
MYERS

Appeal from order of Court of Common Pleas No. 3 of Philadelphia County, June T., 1965, No. 3107, in case of Commonwealth ex rel. Charles L. Adderley v. David N. Myers, Superintendent.

COUNSEL

Charles L. Adderley, appellant, in propria persona.

Gordon Gelfond and Joseph M. Smith, Assistant District Attorneys, F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, Jr., First Assistant District Attorney, and James C. Crumlish, Jr., District Attorney, for appellee.

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

Author: Per Curiam

[ 419 Pa. Page 537]

Charles L. Adderley, an incarcerated prisoner, is presently serving a life sentence having been found guilty of murder in the first degree by a three-judge court on June 25, 1957.

Adderley filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus alleging he was denied due process because he was arrested without a warrant and a coerced confession was used against him. The court below, in denying the petition for the writ, stated: "Relator's plea of guilty in open court while represented by counsel resulted in a waiver of his right to question proceedings before the plea. Com. ex rel. Walls, Appellant v. Rundle, 414 Pa. 53 (1964); Com. ex rel. Parker, Appellant v. Myers, 414 Pa. 427 (1964); Com. ex rel. Sanders, Appellant v. Maroney, 417 Pa. 380 (1965)."

Adderley had a similar petition before this Court within recent months wherein he urged that his "conviction and adjudication of guilt were based on constitutionally invalid evidence, i.e., the confession, citing Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478." In Commonwealth ex rel. Adderley v. Myers, 418 Pa. 366, 211 A.2d 481, after noting that the confession involved was admitted

[ 419 Pa. Page 538]

    without objection, that Adderley's testimony at trial was identical with his description of the crime given in the confession and that the trial record was clear that the failure to object to the confession by Adderley's counsel was strategic in nature, this Court held that the question of the exclusion of the confession could not be successfully asserted. Adderley controls this phase of the present petition.

Our examination of the record and the decisional law applicable to relator's other complaints convinces us of the propriety of the action of the court below.

Order affirmed.

Disposition

Order affirmed.

19660104

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