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People v. Tai

Court of Appeals of the State of New York
Jun 8, 1976
352 N.E.2d 582 (N.Y. 1976)


Argued April 30, 1976

Decided June 8, 1976

Appeal from the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department, MICHAEL KERN, J.

Allen E. Burns and William E. Hellerstein for appellant.

Eugene Gold, District Attorney (J. Mitchell Rosenberg of counsel), for respondent.

MEMORANDUM. The order of the Appellate Division should be reversed and a new trial ordered.

The defendant was entitled to the charge of manslaughter in the second degree (Penal Law, § 125.15) as a lesser included offense. In People v Asan ( 22 N.Y.2d 526, 532), we held that there is entitlement to a charge for a lesser included offense if upon any view of the facts, the defendant could properly be found guilty of the lesser crime and further, that "a jury may properly find a lesser included offense from any portion of the defense and prosecution evidence, or from any part of the total proof" (see, also, People v Mussenden, 308 N.Y. 558, 561-562). Under the circumstances of this case, the jury could reasonably have believed defendant's claim that he was not the initial aggressor but only attempted to repel the victim's attack upon him, and at the same time accept the evidence that defendant, at some point during the struggle with the victim, inflicted fatal wounds on her. Thus, the jury might have found that defendant acted recklessly and therefore committed acts constituting manslaughter in the second degree (Penal Law, § 125.15), but did not act with the intent to cause serious physical injury as required by manslaughter in the first degree (Penal Law, § 125.20; People v Asan, supra; see, also, People v Stanfield, 36 N.Y.2d 467, 471-472). We need not pass on the other contentions advanced by appellant.

Chief Judge BREITEL and Judges JASEN, GABRIELLI, JONES, WACHTLER, FUCHSBERG and COOKE concur in memorandum.

Order reversed, etc.

Summaries of

People v. Tai

Court of Appeals of the State of New York
Jun 8, 1976
352 N.E.2d 582 (N.Y. 1976)
Case details for

People v. Tai

Case Details


Court:Court of Appeals of the State of New York

Date published: Jun 8, 1976


352 N.E.2d 582 (N.Y. 1976)
352 N.E.2d 582
386 N.Y.S.2d 395

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