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COMMONWEALTH v. STEPHENS (05/24/74)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: May 24, 1974.

COMMONWEALTH
v.
STEPHENS, APPELLANT

Appeal from order of Superior Court, Oct. T., 1971, No. 968, affirming judgment of sentence of Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division, of Philadelphia, Dec. T., 1970, No. 640, in case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Michael Stephens.

COUNSEL

Kenneth Mirsky, Assistant Defender, with him Jonathan Miller, Assistant Defender, and Vincent J. Ziccardi, for appellant.

Louis A. Perez, Jr., Assistant District Attorney, with him Benjamin H. Levintow and Milton M. Stein, Assistant District Attorneys, Richard A. Sprague, First Assistant District Attorney, and Arlen Specter, District Attorney, for Commonwealth, appellee.

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

Author: Per Curiam

[ 456 Pa. Page 371]

The appellant, Michael Stephens, was convicted in a non-jury trial, of larceny. Prior to trial, appellant's application to suppress evidence was denied. Post-verdict motions were denied and the judgment of sentence was affirmed per curiam on appeal to the Superior Court. Commonwealth v. Stephens, 220 Pa. Superior Ct. 743, 286 A.2d 408 (1971).

The only issue raised is whether the arresting police officer had the constitutionally required probable cause to arrest the appellant. See U.S. Const. amend. IV; Pa. Const. art. I, ยง 8.

Mr. Chief Justice Jones, Mr. Justice Eagen, and Mr. Justice Pomeroy are of the opinion that the order of the Superior Court and the judgment of sentence should be affirmed. Mr. Justice O'Brien, Mr. Justice Roberts, and Mr. Justice Manderino are of the opinion that the order of the Superior Court and the judgment of sentence should be reversed.

The members of this Court being equally divided, the order of the Superior Court and the judgment of sentence of the trial court are not disturbed and remain in effect.

Disposition

Order of Superior Court and judgment of sentence affirmed.

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