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Pennsylvania ex rel. Sullivan v. Ashe, 302 U.S. 51 (1937)

Pennsylvania ex rel. Sullivan v. Ashe

No. 25

Argued October 21, 22, 1937

Decided November 8, 1937

302 U.S. 51


1. The law has long recognized a relation between punishment for breach of prison and the offense for which the prisoner is held, and it has more severely punished prison-breaking by one undergoing imprisonment for grievous crime than if done by one held for a lesser offense. P. 302 U. S. 53.

2. A law of Pennsylvania classifying punishments to be imposed on convicts breaking out of the penitentiary by authorizing the court to imprison each for a period not exceeding his original sentence held consistent with the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. P. 302 U. S. 52.

325 Pa. 305, 188 Atl. 841, affirmed.

Review by certiorari, 301 U.S. 675, of a judgment of the court below denying a petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

Page 302 U. S. 52

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