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People v. Lopez

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Mar 25, 2008
49 A.D.3d 899 (N.Y. App. Div. 2008)

Opinion

No. 2004-03697.

March 25, 2008.

Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Feldman, J.), rendered March 30, 2004, convicting him of robbery in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence.

Lynn W. L. Fahey, New York, N.Y. (David P. Greenberg of counsel), for appellant, and appellant pro se.

Charles J. Hynes, District Attorney, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Leonard Joblove, Camille O'Hara Gillespie, and Michael J. Balch of counsel), for respondent.

Before: Mastro, J.P., Dickerson, Belen and Chambers, JJ.


Ordered that the judgment is affirmed.

The trial court conducted a sufficient inquiry regarding the basis of the defendant's request for new counsel. No further investigation was required because his conclusory assertions did not suggest a serious possibility of irreconcilable conflict with defense counsel ( see People v Stevenson, 36 AD3d 634; People v Moore, 228 AD2d 622). Contrary to the defendant's assertions, the prosecutor disclosed all relevant documents pursuant to People v Rosario ( 9 NY2d 286, cert denied 368 US 866) and Brady v Maryland ( 373 US 83), and defense counsel was in possession of them at trial.

The defendant was not deprived of his statutory right to a speedy trial. The court properly excluded from the time chargeable to the People the period in which the court was reviewing the grand jury minutes ( see CPL 30.30 [a]). Furthermore, the defendant failed to demonstrate that the remarks by the prosecutor had "a decided tendency to prejudice the jury" ( People v Halm, 81 NY2d 819, 821 [internal quotation marks omitted]; see People v Ashwal, 39 NY2d 105, 110). Her comments, viewed in the context of the entire trial, fell within the latitude afforded to attorneys in advocating their cause ( see People v Halm, 81 NY2d 819, 821; People v Ashwal, 39 NY2d 105, 110).

The defendant's challenge to the procedure pursuant to which he was sentenced as a persistent violent felony offender is unpreserved for appellate review ( see People v Bouyea, 64 NY2d 1140, 1142; People v Sampson, 30 AD3d 623; People v Guzman, 23 AD3d 579, 580). In any event, the challenge is without merit. The statutory purposes for the preliminary examination ( see CPL 400.15) were satisfied ( cf. People v Bouyea, 64 NY2d 1140, 1142; People v Sampson, 30 AD3d 623, 623-624). The defendant was aware that the sentencing court was considering his four previous felonies and knew that he was being sentenced as a persistent violent felony offender ( see People v Sampson, 30 AD3d 623, 624). When given an opportunity to speak at the sentencing hearing, the defendant asked the court to not consider his prior convictions with regard to his present sentence. Thus, remitting the matter to the sentencing court for resentencing "would be futile and pointless" ( People v Bouyea, 64 NY2d 1140, 1142).

The sentence imposed was not excessive ( see People v Suitte, 90 AD2d 80).


Summaries of

People v. Lopez

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Mar 25, 2008
49 A.D.3d 899 (N.Y. App. Div. 2008)
Case details for

People v. Lopez

Case Details

Full title:THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Respondent, v. ERNESTO LOPEZ…

Court:Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

Date published: Mar 25, 2008

Citations

49 A.D.3d 899 (N.Y. App. Div. 2008)
2008 N.Y. Slip Op. 2865
854 N.Y.S.2d 500

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