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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. MATTHEW SWINT (07/08/81)

decided: July 8, 1981.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, APPELLEE,
v.
MATTHEW SWINT, APPELLANT



No. 544 January Term, 1977, No. 551 January Term, 1977, Appeal from the Judgment of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia at No. 653-655, October Term, 1972

COUNSEL

Vincent J. Fumo, Philadelphia, for appellant.

Robert B. Lawler, Chief, Appeals Division, James Jordan, Philadelphia, for appellee.

Eagen, C. J., and O'Brien, Roberts, Nix, Larsen and Flaherty, JJ. Roberts, J., filed a dissenting opinion. Wilkinson, J., joins this dissenting opinion.

Author: Flaherty

[ 494 Pa. Page 570]

OPINION OF THE COURT

Appellant Matthew Swint was convicted in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia of murder of the first degree and aggravated assault. Appellant took a direct appeal to this Court, whereupon we remanded for further factual determinations. Commonwealth v. Swint, 488 Pa. 279, 412 A.2d 507 (1980). Appellant asserts a denial of his Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel in that counsel failed to object to commencement of trial beyond the period prescribed by Rule 1100(e).

After a thorough review of the briefs and the record we hold appellant was not denied effective assistance of counsel at trial, and, therefore, we affirm.

Judgment of sentence affirmed.

ROBERTS, Justice, dissenting.

I dissent. Although appellant was arraigned before the run date of Pa.R.Crim.Proc. 1100, jury selection did not begin until after expiration of the run date. The Commonwealth sought no extension pursuant to Rule 1100(c). Thus, because trial did not begin within the time period prescribed by Rule 1100, Rule 1100 was violated. Commonwealth v. Lamonna, 473 Pa. 248, 373 A.2d 1355 (1977).

Although Lamonna was not decided until after this Rule 1100 violation, that decision merely restated the obvious. That trial does not commence within arraignment has always been clear from the Comment to the Rule, see Commonwealth v. Lamonna, supra, 473 Pa. at 255, 373 A.2d at 1358-59; 473 Pa. at 259-60, 373 A.2d at 1360-61 (Eagen, C. J. concurring, joined by Roberts, J.), as well as from fundamental ...


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