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RAYMOND J. STANTON v. COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA (02/27/81)

COMMONWEALTH COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: February 27, 1981.

RAYMOND J. STANTON, PETITIONER
v.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, PENNSYLVANIA BOARD OF PROBATION AND PAROLE, ET AL. AND JULIUS T. CUYLER, SUPERINTENDENT ET AL., STATE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION AT GRATERFORD, PENNSYLVANIA, RESPONDENTS

Appeal from the Order of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole in the case of Raymond J. Stanton v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Board of Probation and Parole et al.

COUNSEL

Raymond J. Stanton, petitioner, for himself.

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

President Judge Crumlish and Judges Wilkinson, Jr., Mencer, Rogers, Blatt, Craig, MacPhail and Williams, Jr. Judge Palladino did not participate. Opinion by Judge Mencer. Judge Williams, Jr. dissents.

Author: Mencer

[ 57 Pa. Commw. Page 167]

A petition for review, filed by Raymond J. Stanton (petitioner), alleging errors by the Board of Probation and Parole (Board) in recommitting him as a convicted parole violator, is before us as an appeal from the action of an administrative agency. Bronson v. Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Pa. , 421 A.2d 1021 (1980).

On March 9, 1973, petitioner began serving a 4-to-14-year sentence for rape. He was paroled on October 19, 1977. While on parole, petitioner was arrested, on June 23, 1978, on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, terroristic threats, corrupting the morals of a minor, and indecent assault. He was found guilty of corrupting the morals of a minor and indecent assault on November 16, 1978, for which he was sentenced on June 13, 1979 to 1 to 2 years. At a parole revocation hearing held on December 18, 1978, the Board recommended recommitment of petitioner as a convicted parole violator. The Board reaffirmed its action to recommit petitioner as a convicted parole violator on July 10, 1979 and, at that time, decided to apply petitioner's custody credit (from his June 23, 1978 arrest to his June 13, 1979 sentencing) to his new

[ 57 Pa. Commw. Page 168]

    sentence, which is to be served consecutively with his original sentence.

By prior order of this Court, this petition has been limited to the following issues:

(1) whether petitioner was denied an opportunity to be heard and/or present witnesses or other evidence at his final parole revocation hearing held on December 18, 1978, in violation of 37 Pa. Code ยงยง 71.4(3)(iv)*fn1 and 71.5(a),*fn2 and

(2) whether the Board erred in applying petitioner's custody credit to his new sentence.

However, Bronson v. Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, supra, instructs us that one in the position of petitioner has the right to have counsel provided to assist him in his attempt to challenge the validity of his confinement as a result of a parole violation determination by the Board. Accordingly, we must not now discuss the issues raised by this appeal but must remand this matter to the Board for a further revocation hearing, at the time of which petitioner

[ 57 Pa. Commw. Page 169]

    will be represented by counsel furnished to him by the Office of the Public Defender of Montgomery County. Passaro v. Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, 56 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 32, 424 A.2d 561 (1981).

Order

And Now, this 27th day of February, 1981, the parole revocation of Raymond J. Stanton is vacated, with the direction that the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole schedule a new hearing. It is further ordered that counsel shall be furnished to Raymond J. Stanton by the Office of the Public Defender of Montgomery County.

Judge Williams, Jr. dissents.

Disposition

Order vacated and case remanded.


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