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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. RICHARD DIGGS (03/14/86)

filed: March 14, 1986.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,
v.
RICHARD DIGGS, APPELLANT



Appeal from the Order entered April 13, 1984 in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Criminal Division, at Nos. CC7705430 and CC7705492.

COUNSEL

Carl Marcus, Pittsburgh, for appellant.

Robert L. Eberhardt, Deputy District Attorney, Pittsburgh, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Wickersham, Wieand and Beck, JJ.

Author: Beck

[ 351 Pa. Super. Page 448]

This appeal concerns allegations of counsel ineffectiveness for failure to raise certain grounds for suppressing two self-incriminating statements which appellant made to the police. The statements were introduced against appellant at a 1977 jury trial which resulted in appellant's conviction for robbery and second-degree murder.

Appellant did not institute a direct appeal from the judgment of sentence rendered on his convictions but subsequently filed a pro se Post Conviction Hearing Act*fn1 petition which, inter alia, sought permission to file post-verdict motions nunc pro tunc. The requested PCHA relief was granted, and through appointed counsel, appellant filed post-verdict motions which were denied. Represented by new counsel in this appeal, appellant argues the ineffectiveness of his post-verdict motions counsel and the ineffectiveness of his trial counsel. We affirm.

Sometime after 1:00 p.m. on August 4, 1977, appellant was arrested by the Chicago, Illinois, police in response to an outstanding Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, warrant for appellant's arrest on homicide charges. Appellant was advised of his constitutional rights and was asked if he knew what happened in Pittsburgh. Appellant did not give a statement. At appellant's request, the Chicago police then took appellant to the Chicago apartment of one of appellant's friends. Thereafter, appellant was taken to Area 4 Homicide in Chicago where he arrived with the police at 3:00 p.m. and was against advised of his rights. This time appellant chose to waive his right to remain silent and for approximately one hour, appellant dictated a statement about the Pittsburgh homicide which had led to his arrest.

[ 351 Pa. Super. Page 449]

At 4:00 p.m. the Chicago police called the Pittsburgh police to inform them of appellant's apprehension and were asked to question appellant about a second Pittsburgh murder unrelated to the warrant that triggered appellant's arrest (hereinafter "unrelated murder"). This "unrelated murder" and the circumstances surrounding appellant's questioning in regard to it form the basis of the present appeal.

Before appellant was asked about the "unrelated murder," appellant was readvised of his rights. Waiving his rights, appellant spent approximately one hour giving the Chicago police his first statement implicating himself in the "unrelated murder." When he finished his statement, appellant was transported to the Cook County Jail since it was then after 5:00 p.m. on August 4, and the record reflects that there were no provisions for extradition hearings in Chicago after 5:00 p.m. Appellant's bail status was reviewed on the night of August 4 by a night court judge, and at 9:00 a.m. on August 5, appellant was presented to a judge for formal notice of the warrant filed for his extradition on Pennsylvania homicide charges. The record establishes that appellant's processing comported with Illinois practice.

At 9:00 a.m. on August 6, 1977, two members of the Pittsburgh police arrived in Chicago with warrants authorizing them under the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act ("Extradition Act")*fn2 to return appellant to Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh police officers went to the Cook County Jail where they saw appellant at 2:55 p.m. The officers arrived with appellant at Area 4 Homicide in Chicago at 3:10 p.m. At that time, appellant began to exhibit symptoms of heroin withdrawal and was reconveyed to Cook County Jail for methadone treatment. Following ...


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