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COMMONWEALTH v. JAYNES (11/14/67)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: November 14, 1967.

COMMONWEALTH
v.
JAYNES, APPELLANT

Appeal from order of Court of Oyer and Terminer of Erie County, No. 449 of 1965, in case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Boyd F. Jaynes.

COUNSEL

Boyd F. Jaynes, appellant, in propria persona.

Richard F. Brabender, First Assistant District Attorney, and Lindley R. McClelland, District Attorney, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Bell, C. J., Musmanno, Jones, Eagen, O'Brien and Roberts, JJ. Opinion by Mr. Justice Roberts. Mr. Justice Cohen took no part in the consideration or decision of this case.

Author: Roberts

[ 427 Pa. Page 398]

After a 1965 plea of guilty to voluntary manslaughter, appellant was sentenced to 6-12 years. No timely appeal was taken but a post-conviction petition was presented to the Erie County Court of Oyer and Terminer. This petition was denied and an appeal erroneously

[ 427 Pa. Page 399]

    taken to the Superior Court which thereupon certified the matter to our Court for disposition.

Appellant requested that counsel be appointed for his post-conviction proceeding. There is no indication of record that appellant had the financial resources to procure counsel of his choice, and appellant did state in his petition that he was without funds. Since appointment of counsel for an indigent is mandatory under the Post Conviction Hearing Act, Act of January 25, 1966, P. L. (1965) 1580, 19 P.S. ยง 1180-12 (Supp. 1966), the order of the court below is vacated and the record remanded for the appointment of counsel. See Commonwealth v. Mitchell, 427 Pa. 395, 235 A.2d 148 (1967); Commonwealth v. Richardson, 426 Pa. 419, 233 A.2d 183 (1967); Commonwealth v. Hoffman, 426 Pa. 226, 232 A.2d 623 (1967).

The order of the Court of Oyer and Terminer of Erie County is vacated and the record remanded to that court with instructions to appoint counsel to represent Boyd Franklin Jaynes in a post-conviction proceeding at which his eligibility for an evidentiary hearing and/or other relief may be determined.

Disposition

Order vacated.

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