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COMMONWEALTH v. BELLAN (07/01/74)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: July 1, 1974.

COMMONWEALTH
v.
BELLAN, APPELLANT

Appeal from judgment of sentence of Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division, of Allegheny County, Feb. T., 1968, No. 40, in case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Ronald J. Bellan.

COUNSEL

Stephen P. Swem, Assistant Public Defender, with him John J. Dean, Assistant Public Defender, and George H. Ross, Public Defender, for appellant.

Robert L. Eberhardt, Assistant District Attorney, with him Robert W. Duggan, District Attorney, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Jones, C. J., Eagen, O'Brien, Roberts, Pomeroy, Nix and Manderino, JJ.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 458 Pa. Page 203]

The appellant, Ronald J. Bellan, was convicted by a jury of voluntary manslaughter. Post-verdict motions

[ 458 Pa. Page 204]

    were denied and a three to six year sentence imposed. This appeal followed in which the appellant claims that he was prejudiced by (1) the trial court's questioning and comments during the trial (2) the holding of one night session and (3) the trial court's review of the evidence and instructions to the jury. A review of the record does not sustain the appellant's contention that prejudice resulted from any of the above claims. Cf. Commonwealth v. Leamer, 449 Pa. 76, 295 A.2d 272 (1972); Commonwealth v. Zapata, 447 Pa. 322, 290 A.2d 114 (1972); Commonwealth v. Watts, 358 Pa. 92, 56 A.2d 81 (1948). We have reviewed the record and conclude that the issues raised are without merit.

The judgment of sentence is affirmed.

Disposition

Judgment of sentence affirmed.

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