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WILLIAM MIRANDO v. JULIUS T. CUYLER (04/02/80)

decided: April 2, 1980.

WILLIAM MIRANDO, PETITIONER
v.
JULIUS T. CUYLER, SUPERINTENDENT AT THE STATE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION AT GRATERFORD, PENNSYLVANIA, AND COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, PENNSYLVANIA BOARD OF PROBATION AND PAROLE, RESPONDENTS



Original jurisdiction, in case of William Mirando v. Julius T. Cuyler, Superintendent at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, Pennsylvania, and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.

COUNSEL

William Mirando, petitioner, for himself.

Robert A. Greevy, Assistant Attorney General, with him Edward G. Biester, Jr., Attorney General, for respondents.

President Judge Bowman and Judges Crumlish, Jr., Wilkinson, Jr., Mencer, Rogers, Blatt, DiSalle, Craig and MacPhail. Opinion by Judge Craig. President Judge Bowman did not participate in the decision in this case. Judge DiSalle did not participate in the decision in this case.

Author: Craig

[ 50 Pa. Commw. Page 298]

Petitioner William Mirando has filed a petition for review against the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (Board), alleging that the board failed to hold a final parole revocation hearing within the time prescribed by law. The parties' cross-motions for summary judgment are before us for consideration.

On September 24, 1976, while on parole from a sentence carrying a September 5, 1978 maximum, petitioner was arrested in Massachusetts on charges of possession of narcotics, and parole violations. Moreover, Berks County had outstanding against petitioner charges of criminal attempt, aggravated assault, and recklessly endangering another person.

Petitioner was extradited to Berks County Prison on October 15, 1976, and on the same day the board issued a parole violation warrant based on the new Pennsylvania criminal charges and technical parole violations. Petitioner was afforded a preliminary detention and parole violation hearing on October 22, 1976, which he waived. On November 9, 1976, the

[ 50 Pa. Commw. Page 299]

    board ordered petitioner detained pending disposition of the new criminal charges.

On February 24, 1977, petitioner was found guilty on the Pennsylvania charges. After a revocation hearing held on March 18, 1977, the board took action as of April 19, 1977 to recommit petitioner as a convicted parole violator.*fn1

Petitioner contends that the Board was required to hold a final revocation hearing within 120 days of October 22, 1976, the date he waived his preliminary hearing. We disagree.

The provisions of 37 Pa. Code § 71.3 authorized the October 15, 1976 detainer of petitioner without hearing, pending disposition of new criminal charges. Because the March 18, 1977 final parole revocation hearing was held only 22 days after petitioner's February 24, 1977 conviction on the new criminal charges, the board complied with 37 Pa. Code § 71.4, which requires that a hearing be held within 120 days from the date the board receives official verification of a plea of nolo contendere or a guilty verdict at ...


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