No. 91 E. D. Misc. Dkt. 1979, No. 98 E. D. Misc. Dkt. 1979
James J. West, Henry G. Barr, Asst. Attys. Gen., Dauphin County.
William C. Costopoulos, Lemoyne, for petitioner in No. 98 and for intervenor in No. 91.
Richard L. Thornburgh, Governor of Pennsylvania, Robert E. Casey, Treasurer of Pennsylvania, for respondents in No. 98.
Edward G. Biester, Jr., Atty. Gen., for petitioner in No. 91 and respondents in No. 98.
James J. West, Harrisburg, Stephen Goldblatt, Philadelphia, Robert Eberhardt, Pittsburgh, for amicus curiae.
Eagen, C. J., and O'Brien, Roberts, Nix, Manderino, Larsen and Flaherty, JJ. Manderino, J., did not participate in the decision of this case.
Pursuant to the Investigating Grand Jury Act, Act of November 22, 1978, P.L. 1148 No. 271, §§ 1 et seq., 19 P.S. §§ 265 et seq. [Hereinafter: 19 P.S. § 265], the Attorney General of the Commonwealth, Edward G. Biester, Jr., filed with the Prothonotary of this Court at 91 E.D.Misc.Dkt.1979 an "application requesting an order directing that a multicounty investigating grand jury having statewide jurisdiction be summoned." Pursuant to 19 P.S. § 268, the application was presented to me, as Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, and I, on July 2, 1979, entered an order which, inter alia, directed the summonsing and convening of a multi-county investigating grand jury with statewide jurisdiction.
On that same day, William C. Costopoulos, Esquire, filed an "application for leave to intervene," an "amicus curiae brief," and an "application of amicus to present oral argument." Additionally, Costopoulos filed a "petition for review" at 98 E.D.Misc.Dkt.1979 seeking to set aside the application of the Attorney General at 91 E.D.Misc.Dkt.1979.
On July 30, 1979, I entered a rule to show cause on the petition for review returnable on September 18, 1979 at 10:00 a. m., and granted the application of amicus curiae to present oral argument at the same time. Further, on July 30, ...