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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. JOHN F. NORMAN (12/28/78)

decided: December 28, 1978.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
JOHN F. NORMAN, APPELLANT



No. 231 April Term, 1978, Appeal from Orders Entered on the 2nd Day of September, 1977, in the Court of Common Pleas of Erie County, Criminal Division, at No. 36, of 1975.

COUNSEL

George W. Schroeck, Erie, submitted a brief for appellant.

Shad Connelly, Assistant District Attorney, Erie, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Price, Hester and Watkins, JJ.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 262 Pa. Super. Page 47]

OPINION

This is basically the same case as Commonwealth v. Norman, 248 Pa. Super. 341, 375 A.2d 128 (1977) wherein the background facts are set forth in our opinion. We need only add that after our reversal and grant of a new trial on June 29, 1977 appellant again filed on August 4, 1977 a motion to quash the burglary indictment against him alleging the prosecution would constitute double jeopardy or in contravention of Commonwealth v. Campana, 452 Pa. 233, 304 A.2d 432 (1973). These grounds are identical to those contained in the motion involved in the earlier appeals at No. 424 April Term, 1976 and No. 870 April Term, 1976.

As previously noted the appeal at No. 424 April Term, 1976 was quashed on February 3, 1976 as interlocutory. On April 28, 1977 in Commonwealth v. Bolden, 472 Pa. 602, 373 A.2d 90 (1977) it was held that denial of a pre-trial application to dismiss an indictment on the ground that the scheduled trial will violate the defendant's right not to be placed twice in jeopardy may be appealed before the new trial is held. Commonwealth v. Haefner, 473 Pa. 154, 373 A.2d 1094 (1977). See also, Commonwealth v. Hogan, 482 Pa. 333, 393 A.2d 1133 (1978) and Commonwealth v. Bronson, 482 Pa. 207, 393 A.2d 453 (1978). Guided by this principle, as

[ 262 Pa. Super. Page 48]

    we must be, we approach the merits of appellant's double jeopardy claim.

In August of 1973 the defendant was acquitted of the offense of receiving stolen property. The property involved was the carpet removed from an Erie warehouse on September 3, 1972. Between July of 1974 and November of 1974 the details of this removal were first disclosed to the authorities by one of the participants. Prior to that time there was no evidence of appellant's direct participation in the taking of the carpet. Appellant now claims that the acquittal in August of 1973 bars this prosecution.

This case is directly controlled by Commonwealth v. Peluso, 240 Pa. Super. 330, 361 A.2d 852 (1976) where we held:

"We do not believe that Campana [ Commonwealth v. Campana, 455 Pa. 622, 314 A.2d 854 (1977)] or Section 110(1)(ii) of the Crimes Code requires a prosecution to charge an accused with an offense at a time when the prosecution only suspects that the offense has been committed and has not uncovered any admissible evidence ...


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