People
v.
Mitchem

Not overruled or negatively treated on appealinfoCoverage
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second DepartmentMar 25, 1991
171 A.D.2d 888 (N.Y. App. Div. 1991)
171 A.D.2d 888567 N.Y.S.2d 814

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March 25, 1991

Appeal from the County Court, Nassau County (Belfi, J.).


Ordered that the judgment is affirmed.

The crimes with which the defendant was charged arose from the defendant's sale of drugs to an undercover officer on May 4, 1988. The police videotaped the transaction by means of a camera which was concealed in a surveillance van parked across the street from where the sale occurred. Prior to the commencement of trial, the defendant made an oral application for a Wade hearing, claiming that the undercover officer's repeated viewing of the videotape constituted an impermissibly suggestive police-arranged identification procedure which would taint any subsequent identification. Therefore, he argued that such identification evidence must be suppressed. The trial court summarily denied the motion.

On this appeal, the defendant challenges the trial court's summary denial of his suppression motion claiming that because his arrest did not occur until four and one-half months after the drug transaction, any identification of him made by the undercover officer thereafter must be called into question. Contrary to the defendant's contention, we find that the court properly denied the defendant's suppression motion without a hearing. The defendant does not deny that he is the individual depicted on the videotape together with his codefendant and the undercover officer. Rather, he claims that the events memorialized on the videotape do not depict an actual drug sale. Therefore, because identity is not in issue, the notice and hearing procedures of CPL article 710 for testing the constitutional propriety of pretrial identification procedures do not come into play (see, People v Gissendanner, 48 N.Y.2d 543, 552; cf., People v Wharton, 74 N.Y.2d 921; People v Kearn, 118 A.D.2d 871). Thompson, J.P., Rosenblatt, Miller and Ritter, JJ., concur.