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APPLICATION EDWARD G. BIESTER (12/26/79)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: December 26, 1979.

IN RE APPLICATION OF EDWARD G. BIESTER, JR., ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, REQUESTING AN ORDER DIRECTING THAT A MULTICOUNTY INVESTIGATING GRAND JURY, HAVING STATEWIDE JURISDICTION, BE SUMMONED. PETITION OF HUDSON OIL REFINING CORP.

Petition No. 91 E.D.Misc.Dkt. 1979, for Discharge and for Stay.

COUNSEL

Morey M. Myers, Scranton, Benjamin R. Jones, Philadelphia, for petitioner.

Edward G. Biester, Jr., Atty. Gen., James J. West, Henry G. Barr, Deputy Attys. Gen., for respondents.

Eagen, C. J., and O'Brien, Roberts, Nix, Larsen and Flaherty, JJ. Larsen, J., filed a dissenting statement in which Flaherty, J., joins.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 487 Pa. Page 447]

OPINION

Petitioner seeks the discharge of the multi-county investigating grand jury, alleging improper investigative activity. The supervising court of such a grand jury has the initial authority to consider such a petition, see Section 6(c) of the Investigating Grand Jury Act, Act of November 22, 1978, P.L. 1148, 19 P.S. ยง 270 (Supp.1979-80); such petitions, presenting any challenge, should initially be presented to that court for consideration. We therefore transfer the petition to the supervising court.

Accordingly, that portion of our order of November 26, 1979, directed to the members of the grand jury, individually and collectively, and those in charge thereof or assisting in any way in the conduct of any proceedings before the jury, is vacated.

LARSEN, Justice, dissenting.

I dissent. The issues presented by petitioner are of a nature that until they are decided finally by this Court, there will be no predictability as to the validity, nature and direction of the statewide multi-county investigating grand jury. To transfer this matter as the majority wishes only prolongs these uncertainties. I would, therefore, decide all these issues now.

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