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People v. Carson

Michigan Court of Appeals
May 7, 1991
471 N.W.2d 655 (Mich. Ct. App. 1991)


Docket No. 124735.

Decided May 7, 1991, at 10:20 A.M.

Frank J. Kelley, Attorney General, Gay Secor Hardy, Solicitor General, Richard Thompson, Prosecuting Attorney, Michael J. Modelski, Chief, Appellate Division, and Thomas R. Grden, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for the people.

Law Offices of Morgan, Watkins Hughes (by Richard H. Morgan, Jr.), for the defendant on appeal.


Following a jury trial, defendant was convicted of larceny of trees and shrubs over $100. MCL 750.367; MSA 28.599. He then pled guilty to habitual offender, second felony. MCL 769.10; MSA 28.1082. The judge sentenced him to two years' probation with the first sixty days to be served in the county jail. He appeals as of right. We affirm.

Defendant claims he was denied the effective assistance of counsel and that there was insufficient evidence to support his conviction for larceny.

At the close of proofs, just before final argument, defendant announced to the court that he was dissatisfied with his counsel; she had failed to subpoena certain witnesses. The trial judge advised defendant that he could give his own closing argument. He did not demand a Ginther hearing and the same attorney represented him during his subsequent plea and sentencing. He has failed to convince us that he suffered any prejudice. Strickland v Washington, 466 U.S. 668; 104 S Ct 2052; 80 L Ed 2d 674 (1984); People v Tommolino, 187 Mich. App. 14; 466 N.W.2d 315 (1991).

People v Ginther, 390 Mich. 436; 212 N.W.2d 922 (1973).

Defendant also claims that, because the prosecutor failed to negate every theory consistent with his innocence, the evidence was insufficient as a matter of law to support his conviction.

We agree with the long line of recent cases holding that it is unnecessary for the prosecutor to negate every reasonable theory consistent with the defendant's innocence. It is sufficient if the prosecution proves its own theory beyond a reasonable doubt in the face of whatever contradictory evidence the defendant may provide. People v Hahn, 183 Mich. App. 465, 470; 455 N.W.2d 310 (1989); People v Daniels, 163 Mich. App. 703, 707; 415 N.W.2d 282 (1987).

In this case, the evidence was sufficient to allow a rational trier of fact to conclude, beyond a reasonable doubt, that defendant committed the crime. People v Petrella, 424 Mich. 221, 268; 380 N.W.2d 11 (1985).


Summaries of

People v. Carson

Michigan Court of Appeals
May 7, 1991
471 N.W.2d 655 (Mich. Ct. App. 1991)
Case details for

People v. Carson

Case Details

Full title:PEOPLE v CARSON

Court:Michigan Court of Appeals

Date published: May 7, 1991


471 N.W.2d 655 (Mich. Ct. App. 1991)
471 N.W.2d 655

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