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People v. Garcia

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.
Nov 9, 2011
932 N.Y.S.2d 357 (N.Y. App. Div. 2011)

Opinion

2011-11-9

The PEOPLE, etc., respondent,v.Luis GARCIA, appellant.


Lynn W.L. Fahey, New York, N.Y. (Allegra Glashausser of counsel), for appellant.

Richard A. Brown, District Attorney, Kew Gardens, N.Y. (John M. Castellano, Jeanette Lifschitz, and Karen Wigle Weiss of counsel; Lorrie A. Zinno on the brief), for respondent.

Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Latella, J.), rendered April 12, 2010, convicting him of assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

The defendant's contention that the prosecution failed to disprove his justification defense beyond a reasonable doubt is unpreserved for appellate review ( see CPL 470.05[2]; People v. Hawkins, 11 N.Y.3d 484, 492, 872 N.Y.S.2d 395, 900 N.E.2d 946; People v. Gray, 86 N.Y.2d 10, 19, 629 N.Y.S.2d 173, 652 N.E.2d 919; People v. Acquista, 41 A.D.3d 491, 491–492, 837 N.Y.S.2d 309; People v. Santos–Mispas, 38 A.D.3d 923, 831 N.Y.S.2d 344). In any event, viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution ( see People v. Contes, 60 N.Y.2d 620, 621, 467 N.Y.S.2d 349, 454 N.E.2d 932), we find that it was legally sufficient to disprove the defendant's justification defense beyond a reasonable doubt ( see Penal Law § 35.15; People v. Seals, 78 A.D.3d 742, 909 N.Y.S.2d 653; People v. Stoney, 72 A.D.3d 708, 897 N.Y.S.2d 642).

Moreover, in fulfilling our responsibility to conduct an independent review of the weight of the evidence ( see CPL 470.15[5]; People v. Danielson, 9 N.Y.3d 342, 849 N.Y.S.2d 480, 880 N.E.2d 1), we nevertheless accord great deference to the jury's opportunity to view the witnesses, hear the testimony, and observe demeanor ( see People v. Mateo, 2 N.Y.3d 383, 410, 779 N.Y.S.2d 399, 811 N.E.2d 1053, cert. denied 542 U.S. 946, 124 S.Ct. 2929, 159 L.Ed.2d 828; People v. Bleakley, 69 N.Y.2d 490, 495, 515 N.Y.S.2d 761, 508 N.E.2d 672). Upon reviewing the record here, we are satisfied that the verdict of guilt was not against the weight of the evidence ( see People v. Romero, 7 N.Y.3d 633, 826 N.Y.S.2d 163, 859 N.E.2d 902).

RIVERA, J.P., ENG, BELEN and AUSTIN, JJ., concur.


Summaries of

People v. Garcia

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.
Nov 9, 2011
932 N.Y.S.2d 357 (N.Y. App. Div. 2011)
Case details for

People v. Garcia

Case Details

Full title:The PEOPLE, etc., respondent,v.Luis GARCIA, appellant.

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

Date published: Nov 9, 2011

Citations

932 N.Y.S.2d 357 (N.Y. App. Div. 2011)
89 A.D.3d 862
2011 N.Y. Slip Op. 8165

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