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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. MICHAEL LANE (12/07/83)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: December 7, 1983.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, APPELLEE,
v.
MICHAEL LANE, APPELLANT

Appeal No. 80-3-443, from Judgment of Sentence of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Criminal Trial Division, Imposed on January 18, 1980, at May Sessions, 1978, No. 497; Robert A. Latrone, Judge.

COUNSEL

Charlotte A. Nichols, Philadelphia, (court-appointed), for appellant.

Robert B. Lawler, Chief, Appeals Div., Alan Sacks, Asst. Dist. Attys., for appellee.

Roberts, C.j., and Nix, Larsen, Flaherty, McDermott, Hutchinson and Zappala, JJ.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 503 Pa. Page 40]

OPINION

This is a direct appeal from a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judgment of sentence for third degree murder.*fn1 Appellant contends that trial counsel was ineffective for failing (1) to request a complete charge on voluntary manslaughter; (2) to request a Bighum hearing to seek suppression of appellant's prior criminal record for purposes of impeachment or, in the alternative, for failing to counsel appellant in his efforts to decide whether to testify; (3) to object to "prejudicial and improper" remarks in the Commonwealth's closing argument; (4) to object to hearsay testimony; and (5) to investigate the facts of the case, interview potential witnesses, and call witnesses to testify. We have reviewed the record in this case and find appellant's contentions lack merit.

Judgment of sentence affirmed.


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