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People v. Hunter

Court of Appeals of the State of New York
May 5, 1972
284 N.E.2d 879 (N.Y. 1972)


Argued March 22, 1972

Decided May 5, 1972

Appeal from the Supreme Court for the Second and Eleventh Judicial Districts of the Second Judicial Department, ROBERT S. KREINDLER, J.

Eugene Gold, District Attorney ( Raymond J. Scanlan and Harry Brodbar of counsel), for appellant-respondent.

Paul Paksarian and Robert Kasanof for respondent-appellant.

MEMORANDUM. The judgment of resentence should be modified by reinstating the original judgment of the Criminal Court sentencing defendant to the custody of the Narcotic Addiction Control Commission upon his conviction of attempted possession of a hypodermic needle. Under the circumstances, including the time of night and the place, a construction area consisting largely of abandoned buildings where there had been numerous prior burglaries, the arresting officer had sufficient probable cause to arrest defendant and his companions, following the unsatisfactory response to his questions ( People v. Rosemond, 26 N.Y.2d 101). Thus the officer was warranted in the retrieval, and the admission of the hypodermic needle into evidence against the defendant was warranted (cf. People v. Baldwin, 25 N.Y.2d 66, 70). In addition, there was sufficient evidence based on defendant's admissions to both the arresting officer and the examining physician, a recognized expert in the field, of the use of heroin for 6 to 12 months prior to his arrest and the examination of defendant following his arrest, corroborating these admissions, to find that defendant was in "imminent danger of becoming dependent" upon heroin. (Mental Hygiene Law, § 201, subd. 2.)


Judgment accordingly.

Summaries of

People v. Hunter

Court of Appeals of the State of New York
May 5, 1972
284 N.E.2d 879 (N.Y. 1972)
Case details for

People v. Hunter

Case Details

Full title:THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Appellant-Respondent, v. RAYMOND…

Court:Court of Appeals of the State of New York

Date published: May 5, 1972


284 N.E.2d 879 (N.Y. 1972)
284 N.E.2d 879
333 N.Y.S.2d 761

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