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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. JEROME POWELL (07/12/78)

SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: July 12, 1978.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
JEROME POWELL, APPELLANT

No. 1321 October Term, 1976, Appeal from the Judgment of Sentence of the Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division, Criminal Section, of Philadelphia County, at Nos. 1300/1306 September Term, 1975.

COUNSEL

John W. Packel, Assistant Public Defender, and Benjamin Lerner, Defender, Philadelphia, for appellant.

Deborah E. Glass, Assistant District Attorney, and F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, District Attorney, Philadelphia, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Watkins, President Judge, and Jacobs, Hoffman, Cercone, Price, Van der Voort and Spaeth, JJ. An opinion in support of affirmance is filed in which Jacobs, President Judge, and Price and Van der Voort, JJ., join. Hoffman, Cercone and Spaeth, JJ., dissent. Commonwealth v. Braithwaite,

Author: Per Curiam

[ 257 Pa. Super. Page 523]

The six Judges who decided this case being equally divided, the judgment of sentence is affirmed.

[ 257 Pa. Super. Page 524]

OPINION IN SUPPORT OF AFFIRMANCE

Per Curiam:

The only issue raised on this appeal is whether appellant was timely tried under Pa.R.Crim.P. 1100.

Appellant was charged with robbery on March 19, 1975. At the first listing of the case for preliminary hearing on March 27 the case was continued for appointment of counsel for a co-defendant. On April 3, the case was continued on application of the co-defendant. On April 10 the arresting officer was ill. Appellant failed to appear on April 17 because counsel and the court did not realize that he was then incarcerated at the Philadelphia Detention Center. On April 21 the court learned of appellant's whereabouts, lifted a bench warrant that had been issued, and scheduled the preliminary hearing for May 20. Subsequently, on appellant's petition this date was moved up to May 8. On May 8 the case was continued because appellant was not brought down. On May 13 no Commonwealth witness appeared. On May 15 appellant was discharged for lack of prosecution.


*fn* Appellant concedes that he was timely tried if the Rule 1100 period is measured from the date of the second complaint.


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