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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. JAMES V. MASTROTA (10/15/82)

filed: October 15, 1982.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
JAMES V. MASTROTA, APPELLANT



No. 63 Philadelphia, 1981, Appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Luzerne County at No. 1420 of 1968.-Criminal

COUNSEL

Patrick J. Flannery, Assistant Public Defender, Wilkes-Barre, for appellant.

Chester B. Muroski, District Attorney, Wilkes-Barre, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Wickersham, McEwen and Popovich, JJ.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 305 Pa. Super. Page 540]

We here consider an appeal from an order which denied a rule to show cause why a hearing should not be granted on the amended Post Conviction Hearing Act petition of appellant. We are compelled to quash the appeal since the order appealed from is interlocutory and did not finally dispose of the petition for Post Conviction Hearing Act relief.

Appellant initially filed an uncounselled petition under the Post Conviction Hearing Act alleging certain reasons why his conviction for murder should be overturned. The Common Pleas Court appointed the office of the Public Defender of Luzerne County to represent appellant and directed that counsel assist appellant in the preparation of an amended

[ 305 Pa. Super. Page 541]

    petition. The public defender subsequently filed an amended petition on behalf of appellant upon which, on October 30, 1980, the court entered a rule to show cause why a hearing should not be granted and set December 23, 1980 as the date for a hearing on the petition.

While the Commonwealth appeared pursuant to the rule and was prepared to proceed with the hearing on the petition, appellant and his counsel failed to appear. As a result, the court entered the following Order:

"NOW, this 23rd day of December, 1980, at 9:45 a.m., the rule to show cause why a hearing should not be granted is denied.

/s/ Brominski, P.J."

The court did not thereafter, however, enter an order finally disposing of the petition for ...


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