SUPREME COURT OF NEW YORK, APPELLATE DIVISION, FOURTH DEPARTMENT
January 9, 1969
HELENA BRENON, RESPONDENT,
STATE OF NEW YORK, APPELLANT
Appeal from judgment of Court of Claims in action for damages for illegal search and seizure.
Present -- Bastow, P. J., Goldman, Del Vecchio, Marsh and Witmer, JJ.
Memorandum: The trial court erred in holding that the determination of the City Court of Rome suppressing property removed by the officers from claimant's home was res judicata upon it. The extent of the proof required on the suppression hearing differed from that needed in this civil action, and the City Court order was not res judicata herein (Schindler v. Royal Ins. Co., 258 N. Y. 310, 312-313; Massey v. Meurer, 25 A.D.2d 729; Richardson, Evidence [9th ed.], § 369, p. 353). The issue as to whether claimant consented to the entry of the officers into her home and to the removal of the two items of supplies was fully tried, and the court should have determined it. The record shows that the State sustained its burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that the claimant did consent and that there was no illegal search and seizure.
Judgment unanimously reversed on the law and facts, without costs, and claim dismissed.
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