IN THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA EASTERN DISTRICT
December 16, 2008
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, RESPONDENT
ALNARDO RODRIGUEZ, PETITIONER
Petition for Allowance of Appeal from the Order and Memorandum Opinion of the Superior Court (Colville & Ford Elliott; Concurring & Dissenting Memorandum Orie Melvin, JJ.) dated June 1, 2007, affirming the Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County (Tucker, J.) dated January 23, 2006.
AND NOW, this 16th day of December 2008, the Petition for Allowance of Appeal is GRANTED. The Order of the Superior Court is VACATED and the matter is REMANDED to the Superior Court with direction to REMAND to the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County for evidentiary hearings, if necessary, to determine the responsibility for the absence of transcripts from the record certified for appeal.
If it is determined that the absence is attributable to the failure of petitioner to comply with the Rules of Appellate Procedure, the June 1, 2007 Order of the Superior Court shall be reinstated. If it is determined that the absence is attributable to court personnel, the Superior Court shall resolve on the merits the issue raised in the appeal, which was previously treated as waived. See Commonwealth v. Hershberger, 946 A.2d 681 (Pa. 2008) (citation omitted).
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