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COMMONWEALTH v. JORDAN (01/18/68)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: January 18, 1968.

COMMONWEALTH
v.
JORDAN, APPELLANT

Appeal from order of Court of Oyer and Terminer of Philadelphia County, Aug. T., 1950, Nos. 260, 261, 262 and 263, in case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Fred Jordan.

COUNSEL

Fred Jordan, appellant, in propria persona.

Michael J. Rotko and Alan J. Davis, Assistant District Attorneys, Richard A. Sprague, First Assistant District Attorney, and Arlen Specter, District Attorney, for Commonwealth, appellee.

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

Author: Per Curiam

[ 428 Pa. Page 326]

Fred Jordan on November 2, 1950 pleaded guilty to a charge of murder before a three-judge court, which fixed his guilt at first-degree and sentenced him to life imprisonment. On March 13, 1967 he filed a post-conviction

[ 428 Pa. Page 327]

    hearing petition, "in relation to his unintelligent plea of guilty for the above charge of murder, and not being properly advised at no time during the trial proceedings that he had the fundamental right to appeal his conviction and sentence to the higher tribunal." A hearing followed at which his trial counsel appeared and testified with respect to the circumstances surrounding the petitioner's plea of guilty. Counsel's testimony clearly showed that a proper investigation had been made by him into all the facts of the case, including the cause of the victim's death, and that Jordan voluntarily decided to plead guilty after all the alternatives were explained to him by counsel, the possibility of the death penalty being existent since the crime involved a killing during the course of a robbery. The court below chose to believe the testimony of trial counsel, which testimony was, for the most part, documented by trial counsel's file, and dismissed the petition.

At the hearing on the post-conviction hearing, the defendant presented no evidence that he was not informed or not aware of his right to appeal.

We find no error in the lower court's dismissal of the petition, and its order is affirmed.

Disposition

Order affirmed.

19680118

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