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COMMONWEALTH v. BUCK (06/14/68)

THE SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


June 14, 1968

COMMONWEALTH
v.
BUCK, APPELLANT.

Indictment charging defendant with burglary, larceny and receiving stolen goods and assult with intent to maim, aggravated assault and battery, assault and battery and prison breach. Appeal, No. 132, April T., 1968, from judgment of sentence of Court of Oyer and Terminer of Beaver County, Dec. T., 1967, Nos. 93A and 73, opinion by ROWLEY, J.

COUNSEL

William Alfred Buck, Jr., appellant, in propria persona; Robert C. Reed, Assistant District Attorney, Page 759and John G. Good, Jr., District Attorney, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Opinion PER CURIAM: Under Douglas v. California, 372 U.S. 353 (1963), and Commonwealth v. Sliva, 415 Pa. 537, 204 A.2d 455 (1964), an indigent is entitled to the assistance of counsel on appeal. We are unable to determine from either the record or appellant's pro se brief whether he is still indigent (he was apparently represented by court appointed counsel at trial) or whether his pro se appeal represents an intelligent and knowing waiver of the assistance of appellate counsel.

The record is remanded to the court below with instructions to determine whether appellant remains indigent or has waived the assistance of appellate counsel. If the court below finds that appellant is indigent and has not waived his right to counsel, it shall appoint appellate counsel. If the court finds that appellant is not indigent or has waived assistance of counsel on appeal, it shall then permit appellant to prosecute his pro se appeal.

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