No. 80-1-178, Appeal from the Judgment of Sentence entered on September 25, 1980, in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Criminal Division at No. CC8002758.
Neil J. Marcus, Monongahela, for appellant.
Robert E. Colville, Dist. Atty., Robert L. Eberhardt, Deputy Dist. Atty., Kemal Alexander Mericli, Dara DeCourcy, Asst. Dist. Attys., Pittsburgh, for appellee.
Roberts, C.j., and Nix, Larsen, Flaherty, McDermott, Hutchinson and Zappala, JJ.
On July 29, 1980 appellant was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the shooting death of her husband, Harry Drew. Motions for a new trial and in arrest of judgment were denied and she was sentenced to three to ten years imprisonment. This appeal followed.
Our attention is directed to several assignments of error which appellant contends compel the award of a new trial. Since we find no merit in the issues advanced, we affirm the judgment of sentence.
Initially, appellant contends that the refusal of the trial court to permit her counsel to ask certain questions on voir dire constituted reversible error. During the voir dire examination of the prospective jurors, the court refused to allow defense counsel to propound the following questions:
1. Do you think a battered woman stays with her husband because she enjoys being beaten?
. Can you put yourself in the position of a 5'1" black woman with limited educational background being attacked by a 5'8" black man?
3. Do you understand or do you believe a woman might justifiably feel she would need to exert more force in ...