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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. BETTY JACKSON (03/23/78)

decided: March 23, 1978.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
BETTY JACKSON, APPELLANT



COUNSEL

Ronald J. Brockington, Philadelphia, for appellant.

F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, Dist. Atty., Steven H. Goldblatt, Asst. Dist. Atty., Chief, Appeals Div., Gaele Barthold, Philadelphia, for appellee.

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

Author: Per Curiam

[ 477 Pa. Page 196]

OPINION OF THE COURT

Appellant, Betty Jackson, was convicted of murder of the third degree and criminal conspiracy in a non-jury trial in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. She filed "boiler plate" post-verdict motions for a new trial and in arrest of judgment. The motion in arrest of judgment was granted as to degree of guilt only, and the murder conviction was reduced to voluntary manslaughter. Appellant was sentenced to one and one-half to five years in prison for voluntary manslaughter and five years on probation for conspiracy, the sentences to run consecutively. She appeals from the judgment of sentence imposed on the voluntary manslaughter conviction.

Appellant raises allegations of error concerning the admissibility of her confession:

1. Her confession was a product of unnecessary delay between arrest and arraignment;

2. Her confession was involuntary because:

     a. An illegal arrest tainted her confession.

[ 477 Pa. Page 197]

    b. Miranda warnings were not given.

     c. There was unnecessary ...


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