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COMMONWEALTH v. JEFFERSON (04/22/75)

SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: April 22, 1975.

COMMONWEALTH
v.
JEFFERSON, APPELLANT

Appeal from judgment of sentence of Court of Common Pleas of Berks County, No. 1391 of 1969, in case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Audrey Jefferson.

COUNSEL

Charles F. G. Smith, for appellant.

Grant E. Wesner, Deputy District Attorney, with him Robert L. VanHoove, District Attorney, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Wright, P. J., Watkins, Jacobs, Hoffman, Spaulding, Cercone, and Spaeth, JJ. Wright, P.j., and Spaulding, J., did not participate in the consideration or decision of this case.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 234 Pa. Super. Page 337]

On March 17, 1970, appellant was convicted by a jury of prostitution and solicitation to commit sodomy. Post-trial motions were argued on March 1, 1971, but were

[ 234 Pa. Super. Page 338]

    denied by the court below. On November 9, 1972, appellant was sentenced to a four year maximum term of imprisonment to the State Industrial Home for Women at Muncy.

Appellant offers two principal challenges to her judgment of sentence. First, appellant contends that her conduct did not fall within the language of the statutory definition of solicitation to commit sodomy. Act of June 24, 1939, P.L. 872, § 502, 18 P.S. § 4502.*fn1 As this contention was not raised in the court below, appellant cannot raise it for the first time on appeal. Commonwealth v. Clair, 458 Pa. 418, 326 A.2d 272 (1974); Commonwealth v. Agie, 449 Pa. 187, 296 A.2d 741 (1972). Second, appellant argues that the act under which she was sentenced*fn2 deprived her of the equal protection of the laws because it prohibits the sentencing court from imposing a minimum sentence on females while there is no such requirement for male offenders. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held that "the provision in the new Muncy Act mandating that no woman receive a minimum sentence must fall." Commonwealth v. Butler, 458 Pa. 289, 301-302, 328 A.2d 851, 858 (1974). Yet in Commonwealth v. Piper, 458 Pa. 307, 328 A.2d 845 (1974), a case virtually identical to the present case, the Supreme Court refused to address the merits of appellant's contention because the issue was never raised in the trial court.

[ 234 Pa. Super. Page 339]

Examination of the record in the instant case reveals that neither of the issues raised in this Court were included in appellant's post-trial motions nor brought to the attention of the court at time of sentencing. Consequently, we cannot, under Piper, reach the merits of appellant's arguments.

Disposition

Judgment of sentence affirmed.


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