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COMMONWEALTH v. STULL (06/11/70)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: June 11, 1970.

COMMONWEALTH
v.
STULL, PETITIONER

Petition for leave to appeal from order of Superior Court, appeal No. 260, April T., 1969, affirming order of Court of Oyer and Terminer of Somerset County, Nov. T., 1967, Nos. 1 and 2, in case of Commonwealth v. Robert Lee Stull.

COUNSEL

Wilbert H. Beachy, Jr., for appellant.

Alexander Ogle, District Attorney, for Commonwealth, appellee.

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

Author: Per Curiam

[ 439 Pa. Page 21]

Petitioner filed a PCHA petition alleging, inter alia, that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel because of a shortness of preparation time, and that there was a conflict of interest in trial counsel's representation of petitioner's co-defendant. The first claim is one which, if true, would entitle petitioner to relief; the second needs additional factual allegations to entitle petitioner to relief. The hearing court, however, denied the petition without appointing counsel, or conducting an evidentiary hearing, or giving petitioner leave to amend. This was error. See Post Conviction Hearing Act §§ 9, 11, 12, 19 P.S. §§ 1180-9, -11, -12 (Supp. 1970). Petitioner should be granted a hearing with counsel on his ineffective assistance of counsel claim, and should be given leave to amend on his conflict of interest claim.

The allocatur is granted, the order of the Superior Court reversed, the order of the hearing court vacated, and the case remanded for further consistent proceedings.

Disposition

Petition for allocatur granted, order of Superior Court reversed, order of hearing court vacated, and case remanded.

19700611

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