Appeal from judgment of sentence of Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division, of Philadelphia, May T., 1971, No. 1308, in case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Carroll Hill.
Morris H. Wolff, with him Stassen, Kostos and Mason, for appellant.
Norris Gelman, Assistant District Attorney, with him Milton M. Stein, 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, Jacobs, Hoffman, Spaulding, Cercone, and Packel, JJ. Opinion by Packel, J.
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The appellant claims a trial and a sentencing error. At trial, the assistant district attorney asked the defendant on cross-examination whether there had not been a damaging statement made in another trial. In fact there had been no such damaging statement. Although the question was manifestly improper,*fn1 the witness denied that there was such a statement, counsel informed the court that there was no such statement and the court, as the finder of fact, indicated that it put no reliance on the existence of such a statement. Therefore, this is not a case where the testimony relating to improper cross-examination causes the factfinder to be misled.*fn2
Sentencing error is claimed because two co-defendants, previously tried and sentenced by another judge, received sentences of four to 23 months in contrast to appellant's sentence of one to five years. Contrary to appellant's claim, this case is not one in which there is inequality of sentence or the imposition of a high
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sentence, based exclusively on the defendant's refusal to admit his guilt.*fn3 It is true that the judge stated: "This Court feels very strongly that the first step, if rehabilitation is ever to take place, is a recognition into the seriousness of the offense, for without some insight into the act there can never be any rehabilitation in this Court's opinion." As the court pointed out, however, it reviewed all the appropriate factors going into the sentencing process, including the appellant's prior record.
Judgment of sentence affirmed.