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People v. Tucker

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, New York.
May 9, 2014
984 N.Y.S.2d 789 (N.Y. App. Div. 2014)

Opinion

2014-05-9

The PEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent, v. James TUCKER, Defendant–Appellant.

Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse (Piotr Banasiak of Counsel), for Defendant–Appellant. William J. Fitzpatrick, District Attorney, Syracuse (Maria Maldonado of Counsel), for Respondent.



Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse (Piotr Banasiak of Counsel), for Defendant–Appellant. William J. Fitzpatrick, District Attorney, Syracuse (Maria Maldonado of Counsel), for Respondent.
PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., FAHEY, LINDLEY, VALENTINO AND WHALEN, JJ.

MEMORANDUM:

Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon a jury verdict of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (Penal Law § 220.16[1] ) and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree (§ 220.06[5] ). We note that the certificate of conviction incorrectly reflects that defendant was convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree under Penal Law § 220.06(1), and it must therefore be amended to reflect that he was convicted under Penal Law § 220.06(5) ( see generally People v. Anderson, 79 A.D.3d 1738, 1739, 917 N.Y.S.2d 451,lv. denied16 N.Y.3d 856, 923 N.Y.S.2d 418, 947 N.E.2d 1197). Viewing the evidence in light of the elements of the crimes as charged to the jury ( see People v. Danielson, 9 N.Y.3d 342, 349, 849 N.Y.S.2d 480, 880 N.E.2d 1), we conclude that the verdict is not against the weight of the evidence ( see generally People v. Bleakley, 69 N.Y.2d 490, 495, 515 N.Y.S.2d 761, 508 N.E.2d 672).

We agree with defendant, however, that Supreme Court erred in summarily denying his motion to set aside the verdict pursuant to CPL 330.30(2). The sworn allegations in defendant's moving papers, i.e., that he learned after the verdict was rendered that a juror who had allegedly been “holding out” contacted defendant's aunt between the first and second days of deliberation and discussed the likelihood of a guilty verdict when the jury reconvened the following morning, “required a hearing on the issue whether the juror's alleged misconduct prejudiced a substantial right of defendant” ( People v. Saxton, 32 A.D.3d 1286, 1287, 821 N.Y.S.2d 353;see People v. Paulick, 206 A.D.2d 895, 896, 615 N.Y.S.2d 159;see generally People v. Clark, 81 N.Y.2d 913, 914, 597 N.Y.S.2d 646, 613 N.E.2d 552). We therefore hold the case, reserve decision and remit the matter to Supreme Court to conduct a hearing on defendant's CPL 330.30 motion.

It is hereby ORDERED that the case is held, the decision is reserved and the matteris remitted to Supreme Court, Onondaga County, for further proceedings.


Summaries of

People v. Tucker

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, New York.
May 9, 2014
984 N.Y.S.2d 789 (N.Y. App. Div. 2014)
Case details for

People v. Tucker

Case Details

Full title:The PEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent, v. James TUCKER…

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

Date published: May 9, 2014

Citations

984 N.Y.S.2d 789 (N.Y. App. Div. 2014)
117 A.D.3d 1581
2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 3415

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