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COMMONWEALTH v. HOOKS (09/30/71)

decided: September 30, 1971.

COMMONWEALTH
v.
HOOKS, APPELLANT



Appeal from judgment of sentence of Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division, of Philadelphia, May T., 1970, No. 1085, in case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Matthew Hooks.

COUNSEL

John W. Packel, Assistant Defender, with him Barbara Bailey, Assistant Defender, and Vincent J. Ziccardi, Defender, for appellant.

Milton M. Stein, Assistant District Attorney, with him James T. Ranney, Assistant District Attorney, James D. Crawford, Deputy District Attorney, Richard A. Sprague, First Assistant District Attorney, and Arlen Specter, District Attorney, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Wright, P. J., Watkins, Montgomery, Jacobs, Hoffman, and Cercone, JJ. (Spaulding, J., absent). Dissenting Opinion by Hoffman, J. Montgomery, J., joins in this dissenting opinion.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 220 Pa. Super. Page 259]

Judgment of sentence affirmed.

Disposition

Judgment of sentence affirmed.

Dissenting Opinion by Hoffman, J.:

The sole substantial issue in this case is whether appellant knowingly and intelligently waived his right to a jury trial in accordance with Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 1101.

Immediately before trial, appellant at the bar of the court engaged in the following colloquy with defense counsel and the court: "Q. Mr. Hooks, you have a right to a jury trial, are you aware of that? A. Yes, I am. Q. Do you know what a jury trial is? A. Yes. Q. Do you wish to demand a jury to hear your case at this time? A. No, I don't. Q. You can choose to do without a jury and have your case heard by Judge Murphy alone. A. Yes, sir. Q. Do you want to do that? A. Yes, sir. Q. No one has persuaded you to do that? A. No, sir. Q. How old are you? A. Twenty-two. Q. How far did you go in school? A. I completed the Ninth Grade. Q. Do you have any mental difficulty that you know of? A. No, none that I know of. . . . Q. Have you discussed this matter with your attorney, the matter of the waiver of a jury trial? A. Yes. Q. Are you satisfied with his advice? A. I don't really understand some of the things. Some of the things are still not clear to me. Q. Are you willing to execute the waiver? A. Yes. The Court: The Court will accept the waiver." (Emphasis added). Appellant was then tried by the judge sitting without a jury and found guilty.

Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 1101 in relevant part provides that when an accused seeks to waive his right to a jury ...


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