No. 2002 October Term, 1979, Appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division, of Philadelphia County at No. 79-01-1431.
Steven H. Goldblatt, Deputy District Attorney, Philadelphia, for Commonwealth, appellant.
J. Hugh O'Donnell, Philadelphia, for appellee.
Price, Wickersham and Lipez, JJ.
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This is an appeal by the Commonwealth from an order granting appellee's motion in arrest of judgment. For the following reasons the order is reversed.
Appellee was convicted in a non-jury trial of aggravated assault*fn1 and disorderly conduct.*fn2 In response to appellee's post verdict motions the court arrested judgment as to the degree of aggravated assault. In reviewing such a motion we must examine all the evidence in the light most
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favorable to the Commonwealth as verdict winner. Commonwealth v. Meadows, 471 Pa. 201, 369 A.2d 1266 (1977). The standard used in our evaluation is "[w]hether accepting all of the evidence and all reasonable inferences therefrom, upon which, if believed the jury could properly have based its verdict; it would be nonetheless insufficient in law to find beyond a reasonable doubt that the appellee is guilty of the crime charged." Commonwealth v. Froelich, 458 Pa. 104, 106, 326 A.2d 364, 365 (1974). See also Commonwealth v. Luther, 266 Pa. Superior Ct. 240, 403 A.2d 1329 (1979); Commonwealth v. Kirkman, 264 Pa. Superior Ct. 170, 399 A.2d 720 (1979).*fn3
Viewing the evidence in accordance with the foregoing standard, the following facts were adduced at trial. On October 10, 1978 appellee, Joseph Pondolfo, was at Kelli's Bar in Philadelphia. At the bartender's request, he was physically removed from the bar after causing a disturbance. Shortly thereafter, appellee started an altercation outside the bar with one James Hamill. Officer Charles Gorski subsequently exited the bar, stepping between appellee and Mr. Hamill. Appellee swung repeated punches at Officer Gorski, striking him with his fist. Officer Gorski informed appellee that he was a police officer and ordered him to desist. Appellee then cursed Officer Gorski, struck him several times on his face and head, and slashed his face with a pocketknife.*fn4 As a result of this attack Officer Gorski received ten sutures and was unable to return to full active duty for two weeks.
Appellee was found guilty of felonious aggravated assault. 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 2702(a)(2). He claimed, inter alia, in his post verdict motions that the evidence did not support a finding of intent to cause "serious bodily injury." Id.
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Upon reconsideration the court below concurred with appellee's contention and reduced the verdict to misdemeanor aggravated assault, which merely requires a finding of "bodily ...