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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. GRADY CAESAR (03/17/76)

decided: March 17, 1976.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
GRADY CAESAR, APPELLANT



COUNSEL

Vincent J. Ziccardi, Defender, John W. Packel, Chief, Appeals Div., Defender Assn. of Philadelphia, Jonathan Miller, Philadelphia, for appellant.

F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, Dist. Atty., Richard A. Sprague, 1st Asst. Dist. Atty., Steven H. Goldblatt, Asst. Dist. Atty., Chief, Appeals Div., for appellee.

Jones, C. J., and Eagen, O'Brien, Roberts, Pomeroy, Nix and Manderino, JJ. Eagen, J., dissents. Manderino, J., filed a dissenting opinion in which Roberts, J., joins.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 467 Pa. Page 71]

OPINION

Appeal dismissed as improvidently granted.

MANDERINO, Justice (dissenting).

This is an appeal from a conviction of burglary, robbery, and firearm offenses. An equally divided Superior Court affirmed the judgment of sentence on April 4, 1973. Petition for reargument was denied by the Superior Court on April 19, 1973. On the thirtieth day after the Superior Court opinion was filed, appellant filed a petition in our Court to proceed in forma pauperis and for waiving of fees which we allowed. On May 14, 1973, a petition for allowance of appeal was filed in this Court. Today the majority dismisses the appeal because the petition

[ 467 Pa. Page 72]

    for allowance of appeal was not filed within thirty days of the Superior Court's April 4, 1973 decision.

Argument was heard by our Court on November 19, 1974. Several allegations of trial error were raised, including prosecutorial misconduct and alleged errors in the trial court's charge to the jury.

Appellant contends that the final order appealed from was the Superior Court's denial on April 19, 1973 of the reargument petition. On this basis, he asserts his petition for allowance of appeal of May 14, 1973, was timely. I agree and therefore dissent.

Under Section 204 of the Appellate Court Jurisdiction Act, 17 P.S. ยง 211.204(a), a party may only petition for allowance of an appeal from a final order of the Superior Court. The question of whether or not the petition for allowance of appeal was timely filed is resolved only when it is determined what the final order appealed from actually is. If a final order has not been entered by the Superior Court, I think that the matter is not ripe for appeal. There is no final order in the Superior Court until a petition for reargument has been denied, or until the party fails to file a petition for reargument before the Superior Court within the allowable ten days. Petitions for reargument are specifically provided for in the Rules of the Superior Court. Their rules also provide that ...


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