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Huggins v. Noeth

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, New York.
May 23, 2013
965 N.Y.S.2d 667 (N.Y. App. Div. 2013)

Opinion

2013-05-23

In the Matter of Coy HUGGINS, Petitioner, v. Captain NOETH, as Hearing Officer, et al., Respondents.

Coy Huggins, Stormville, petitioner pro se. Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General, Albany (Peter H. Schiff of counsel), for respondents.



Coy Huggins, Stormville, petitioner pro se. Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General, Albany (Peter H. Schiff of counsel), for respondents.
Before: PETERS, P.J., STEIN, GARRY and EGAN JR., JJ.

Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 (transferred to this Court by order of the Supreme Court, entered in Albany County) to review a determination of the Commissioner of Corrections and Community Supervision which found petitioner guilty of violating a prison disciplinary rule.

Petitioner, a prison inmate, was charged in a misbehavior report with possessing a weapon after a sharpened screwdriver was found under his mattress during a cell search. Following a tier III disciplinary hearing, petitioner was found guilty of the charge. He commenced this CPLR article 78 proceeding after the determination was affirmed upon administrative appeal.

As an initial matter, to the extent that petitioner argues in his petition that the determination was not supported by substantial evidence, he has abandoned that issue by failing to advance it in his brief ( see Matter of Martinez v. Fischer, 82 A.D.3d 1380, 1380 n., 919 N.Y.S.2d 541 [2011] ). Petitioner's procedural objections are uniformly unpersuasive. The disciplinary hearing was conducted in a fair and impartial manner and, contrary to petitioner's contention, the record is devoid of evidence that the determination flowed from any bias by the Hearing Officer ( see Matter of Amaker v. Selsky, 43 A.D.3d 547, 547, 840 N.Y.S.2d 239 [2007],lv. denied9 N.Y.3d 814, 848 N.Y.S.2d 25, 878 N.E.2d 609 [2007] ). The Hearing Officer gave petitioner considerable latitude in advancing his objections and remedied any defects in the prehearing assistance provided to him ( see Matter of White v. State of New York, 102 A.D.3d 1042, 1042–1043, 957 N.Y.S.2d 920 [2013];Matter of Amaker v. Selsky, 43 A.D.3d at 547, 840 N.Y.S.2d 239). Furthermore, the Hearing Officer properly refused petitioner's request to call witnesses who lacked pertinent information regarding either the incident in question or the purported harassment of petitioner by prison officials ( see Matter of Hughes v. Bezio, 84 A.D.3d 1598, 1598, 924 N.Y.S.2d 298 [2011];Matter of Fletcher v. Selsky, 199 A.D.2d 865, 866, 606 N.Y.S.2d 396 [1993],lv. denied83 N.Y.2d 753, 612 N.Y.S.2d 108, 634 N.E.2d 604 [1993] ). Nor can we say that the Hearing Officer abused his discretion in removing petitioner from the hearing after being warned repeatedly to cease his disruptive conduct ( see Matter of Blocker v. Hetrick, 100 A.D.3d 1302, 1303, 955 N.Y.S.2d 247 [2012];Matter of Bunting v. Fischer, 85 A.D.3d 1473, 1474, 926 N.Y.S.2d 206 [2011],lv. denied17 N.Y.3d 712, 2011 WL 4916599 [2011] ).

Petitioner's remaining claims, to the extent they are properly before us, have been considered and found to lack merit.

ADJUDGED that the determination is confirmed, without costs, and petition dismissed.


Summaries of

Huggins v. Noeth

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, New York.
May 23, 2013
965 N.Y.S.2d 667 (N.Y. App. Div. 2013)
Case details for

Huggins v. Noeth

Case Details

Full title:In the Matter of Coy HUGGINS, Petitioner, v. Captain NOETH, as Hearing…

Court:Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, New York.

Date published: May 23, 2013

Citations

965 N.Y.S.2d 667 (N.Y. App. Div. 2013)
106 A.D.3d 1351
2013 N.Y. Slip Op. 3728

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