Com. ex rel. Johnson v. Myers

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Writing for the CourtBefore BELL; EAGEN; ROBERTS, J., files a concurring opinion in which MUSMANNO; ROBERTS; MUSMANNO
Citation213 A.2d 359,419 Pa. 155
Decision Date29 September 1965
PartiesCOMMONWEALTH of Pennsylvania ex rel. Charles E. JOHNSON, Appellant v. David N. MYERS, Superintendent, State Correctional Institution, Graterford, Pennsylvania.

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213 A.2d 359
419 Pa. 155
COMMONWEALTH of Pennsylvania ex rel. Charles E. JOHNSON, Appellant
v.
David N. MYERS, Superintendent, State Correctional
Institution, Graterford, Pennsylvania.
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Sept. 29, 1965.

[419 Pa. 156]

Page 360

Charles E. Johnson, in pro. per.

John A. F. Hall, First Asst. Dist. Atty., and Herbert A. Schaffner, Asst. Dist. Atty., Harrisburg, for appellee.

[419 Pa. 155] Before BELL, C. J., and MUSMANNO, JONES, COHEN, EAGEN, O'BRIEN and ROBERTS, JJ.

[419 Pa. 156] EAGEN, Justice.

On March 21, 1958, the appellant, Charles E. Johnson, was convicted by a jury of murder in the second degree. At trial, he was represented by counsel retained by his family. No post trial motions were filed, and on March 27, 1958, the court sentenced him to serve an indeterminate term in a state correctional institution for a period of not less than ten and not more than twenty years. No appeal from the judgment was entered.

On November 13, 1964, an action in habeas corpus was instituted which the lower court dismissed without hearing. 1 An appeal to this court followed.

The basic reason urged in attacking the legality of the conviction and confinement and in support of the issuance of the writ is that two statements given by Johnson to police investigating officers following his arrest, which were reduced to writing and admitted in evidence at trial, were allegedly coerced and obtained in violation of his constitutional rights at a time when he was without the assistance of counsel.

An examination of the trial record discloses that the statements involved were admitted of record not only without objection, but also with the express consent of appellant's counsel. Also, at no time during the trial was it even hinted that the statements were [419 Pa. 157] coerced or not freely given. The appellant personally testified, and a study of his testimony fails to indicate the slightest suggestion of coercion.

Under such circumstances, appellant's belated objection to the admissibility of this evidence cannot be successfully asserted in this collateral action: Commonwealth ex rel. Blackshear v. Myers, Pa., 213 A.2d 378 (1965), and Commonwealth ex rel. Adderley v. Myers, 418 Pa. 366, 211 A.2d 481 (1965). Nor is any further proceeding necessary concerning the voluntariness of the statements, as dictated by Jackson v. Denno, 378 U.S. 368, 84 S.Ct. 1774, 12 L.Ed.2d 908, 1 A.L.R.2d 1205 (1964). See, Commonwealth ex rel....

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  • Gaito v. Strauss, Civ. A. No. 65-1018.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. United States District Court (Eastern District of Pennsylvania)
    • February 3, 1966
    ...F.2d 73 (9th Cir. 1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Santiago v. Myers, 419 Pa. 326, 214 A.2d 206 (1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Johnson v. Myers, 419 Pa. 155, 213 A.2d 359 (1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Adderley v. Myers, 418 Pa. 366, 211 A.2d 481 (1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Fox v. Maroney, 417 Pa. ......
  • Com. v. Negri
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
    • September 29, 1965
    ...the same effect, see Commonwealth ex rel. Blackshear v. Myers, Pa., 213 A.2d 378 (1965), and Commonwealth ex rel. Johnson v. Myers, Pa., 213 A.2d 359 (1965), filed 8 See, e.g., Commonwealth ex rel. Johnson v. Myers, Pa., 213 A.2d 359 (1965). 9 I am not convinced by the majority's statement ......
  • Com. ex rel. Mullenaux v. Myers
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
    • March 22, 1966
    ...a subsequent proceeding. Commonwealth ex rel. Knowles v. Rundle, 419 Pa. 300, 213 A.2d 635 (1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Johnson v. Myers, 419 Pa. 155, 213 A.2d 359 (1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Blackshear v. Myers, 419 Pa. 151, 213 A.2d 378 (1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Fox v. Maroney, 417 Pa......
  • Commonwealth v. Walker
    • United States
    • Superior Court of Pennsylvania
    • December 16, 1966
    ...Myers, 419 Pa. 145, 213 A.2d 347 (1965); Com. ex rel. Geiger v. Maroney, 419 Pa. 147, 213 A.2d 348 (1965); Com. ex rel. Johnson v. Myers, 419 Pa. 155, 213 A.2d 359 (1965); Com. ex rel. Hobbs v. Russell, 420 Pa. 1, 215 A.2d 858 (1966) and Com. ex rel. Mullenaux v. Myers, 421 Pa. 61, 217 A.2d......
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15 cases
  • Gaito v. Strauss, Civ. A. No. 65-1018.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. United States District Court (Eastern District of Pennsylvania)
    • February 3, 1966
    ...F.2d 73 (9th Cir. 1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Santiago v. Myers, 419 Pa. 326, 214 A.2d 206 (1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Johnson v. Myers, 419 Pa. 155, 213 A.2d 359 (1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Adderley v. Myers, 418 Pa. 366, 211 A.2d 481 (1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Fox v. Maroney, 417 Pa. ......
  • Com. v. Negri
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
    • September 29, 1965
    ...the same effect, see Commonwealth ex rel. Blackshear v. Myers, Pa., 213 A.2d 378 (1965), and Commonwealth ex rel. Johnson v. Myers, Pa., 213 A.2d 359 (1965), filed 8 See, e.g., Commonwealth ex rel. Johnson v. Myers, Pa., 213 A.2d 359 (1965). 9 I am not convinced by the majority's statement ......
  • Com. ex rel. Mullenaux v. Myers
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
    • March 22, 1966
    ...a subsequent proceeding. Commonwealth ex rel. Knowles v. Rundle, 419 Pa. 300, 213 A.2d 635 (1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Johnson v. Myers, 419 Pa. 155, 213 A.2d 359 (1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Blackshear v. Myers, 419 Pa. 151, 213 A.2d 378 (1965); Commonwealth ex rel. Fox v. Maroney, 417 Pa......
  • Commonwealth v. Walker
    • United States
    • Superior Court of Pennsylvania
    • December 16, 1966
    ...Myers, 419 Pa. 145, 213 A.2d 347 (1965); Com. ex rel. Geiger v. Maroney, 419 Pa. 147, 213 A.2d 348 (1965); Com. ex rel. Johnson v. Myers, 419 Pa. 155, 213 A.2d 359 (1965); Com. ex rel. Hobbs v. Russell, 420 Pa. 1, 215 A.2d 858 (1966) and Com. ex rel. Mullenaux v. Myers, 421 Pa. 61, 217 A.2d......
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