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PEOPLE STATE NEW YORK v. CLEVESTER BRIGGS (09/18/69)

SUPREME COURT OF NEW YORK, APPELLATE DIVISION, FOURTH DEPARTMENT


September 18, 1969

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
CLEVESTER BRIGGS, APPELLANT

Appeal from order of Erie County Court denying, without a hearing, motion to vacate judgment of conviction for violation of Penal Law, ยง 1751, subd. 1, rendered Feb. 3, 1965.

Del Vecchio, J. P., Marsh, Witmer, Moule and Henry, JJ.

Order unanimously reversed and matter remitted to Erie County Court for a hearing in accordance with the following memorandum: Defendant is entitled to a hearing upon the allegation in his petition that he was not competent to assist in his defense at trial by reason of physical and mental illness incident to his withdrawal from narcotics addiction. Coram nobis is the only method available to defendant to present to the court his proof that he lacked the capacity to assist in his own defense the trial court having made no determination as to his mental state reviewable on appeal from the judgment of conviction. (See People v. Brown, 13 N.Y.2d 201; People v. Boundy, 10 N.Y.2d 518.)

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