Com. v. Cobbs

CourtSuperior Court of Pennsylvania
Writing for the CourtWATKINS
Citation431 A.2d 335,288 Pa.Super. 155
Decision Date19 June 1981
PartiesCOMMONWEALTH of Pennsylvania v. James Henry COBBS, Appellant.

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431 A.2d 335
288 Pa.Super. 155
COMMONWEALTH of Pennsylvania
v.
James Henry COBBS, Appellant.
Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Argued March 17, 1980.
Filed June 19, 1981.

[288 Pa.Super. 156] Arthur J. King, Asst. Public Defender, Norristown, for appellant.

David M. McGlaughlin, Asst. Dist. Atty., Norristown, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Before PRICE, CAVANAUGH and WATKINS, JJ.

Page 336

WATKINS, Judge:

This is an appeal from the judgment of sentence of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County by the defendant-appellant, James Henry Cobbs, after conviction by a jury of assault by a life prisoner (Para. 2704, Pa.Crimes Code, Act of December 6, 1972, P.L. 1482, No. 334, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 2704 ); and from the denial of post-trial motions. He was sentenced to serve a concurrent life sentence.

[288 Pa.Super. 157] The facts reviewed in the light most favorable to the Commonwealth established that the defendant, serving a life sentence in Graterford Prison, was involved in a fight with another inmate, Walter Brown. After guards intervened, and while Brown was restrained by a guard, Cobbs continued his attack and stabbed Brown in the forehead. He then dropped the knife and was taken into custody.

At a preliminary hearing that was held on December 27, 1978, the charges were dismissed. He was rearrested on January 5, 1979 on the same charges. A second preliminary hearing was held after which the defendant was held for trial.

His first complaint on appeal, is that the court erred in denying defendant's motion to quash the criminal transcript for failure to comply with Pa.Rules of Crim.Pro. 141(d).

The rule provides as follows:

"If a prima facie case of the defendant's guilt is not established at the preliminary hearing ... the issuing authority shall discharge the defendant, and if he finds that the prosecution was brought without probable cause, the issuing authority shall order affiant to pay the cost of the prosecution. No further proceedings may be had before any issuing authority on the same cause until the affiant in the original proceeding has repaid the costs."

The rule does not apply in this case because the District Justice had not determined that the original prosecution "was brought without probable cause". The record indicates that the reason the charges were dismissed was due to the refusal of the victim to testify at the original hearing so that no costs were assessed as required by the rule. The Commonwealth was free to initiate a new criminal proceeding. Commonwealth v. Cartagena, 482 Pa. 6, 393 A.2d 350, 355...

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  • Commonwealth v. Cobbs, 56 MAP 2020
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
    • August 17, 2021
    ...and so I am going to make it concurrent"). The Superior Court affirmed Appellant's judgment of sentence, Commonwealth v. Cobbs , 288 Pa.Super. 155, 431 A.2d 335 (1981), and this Court denied allowance of appeal. Commonwealth v. Cobbs , 181 E.D. Alloc. Dkt 1982.In 2012, decades after Appella......
  • Commonwealth v. Cobbs, 56 MAP 2020
    • United States
    • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
    • August 17, 2021
    ...improper and so I am going to make it concurrent"). The Superior Court affirmed Appellant's judgment of sentence, Commonwealth v. Cobbs, 431 A.2d 335 (Pa. Super. 1981), and this Court denied allowance of appeal. Commonwealth v. Cobbs, 181 E.D. Alloc. Dkt 1982. In 2012, decades after Appella......
  • Commonwealth v. Cobbs, No. 3339 EDA 2018
    • United States
    • Superior Court of Pennsylvania
    • February 24, 2020
    ...the fight and stabbed the other inmate after the other inmate was being restrained by a prison guard. Commonwealth v. Cobbs (Cobbs I) , 288 Pa.Super. 155, 431 A.2d 335, 337 (1981).Appellant appealed the assault by a life prisoner conviction and this Court affirmed the conviction on June 19,......
  • Com. v. Michael
    • United States
    • Superior Court of Pennsylvania
    • June 19, 1981
    ...takes place. The parents of the defendant had already discussed the problem with the officer before her telephone call. It is [288 Pa.Super. 155] evident that she had the opportunity to discuss the problem with her parents and her call and discussion with the officer was certainly not custo......
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6 cases
  • Commonwealth v. Cobbs, 56 MAP 2020
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
    • August 17, 2021
    ...and so I am going to make it concurrent"). The Superior Court affirmed Appellant's judgment of sentence, Commonwealth v. Cobbs , 288 Pa.Super. 155, 431 A.2d 335 (1981), and this Court denied allowance of appeal. Commonwealth v. Cobbs , 181 E.D. Alloc. Dkt 1982.In 2012, decades after Appella......
  • Commonwealth v. Cobbs, 56 MAP 2020
    • United States
    • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
    • August 17, 2021
    ...improper and so I am going to make it concurrent"). The Superior Court affirmed Appellant's judgment of sentence, Commonwealth v. Cobbs, 431 A.2d 335 (Pa. Super. 1981), and this Court denied allowance of appeal. Commonwealth v. Cobbs, 181 E.D. Alloc. Dkt 1982. In 2012, decades after Appella......
  • Commonwealth v. Cobbs, No. 3339 EDA 2018
    • United States
    • Superior Court of Pennsylvania
    • February 24, 2020
    ...the fight and stabbed the other inmate after the other inmate was being restrained by a prison guard. Commonwealth v. Cobbs (Cobbs I) , 288 Pa.Super. 155, 431 A.2d 335, 337 (1981).Appellant appealed the assault by a life prisoner conviction and this Court affirmed the conviction on June 19,......
  • Com. v. Michael
    • United States
    • Superior Court of Pennsylvania
    • June 19, 1981
    ...takes place. The parents of the defendant had already discussed the problem with the officer before her telephone call. It is [288 Pa.Super. 155] evident that she had the opportunity to discuss the problem with her parents and her call and discussion with the officer was certainly not custo......
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