SUPREME COURT OF NEW YORK, APPELLATE DIVISION, SECOND DEPARTMENT
November 17, 1969
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
FURMAN GRAY, APPELLANT
Appeal by defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Kings County, rendered June 19, 1968, convicting him of robbery in the third degree and grand larceny in the third degree, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence.
Beldock, P. J., Brennan, Rabin and Hopkins, JJ., concur; Christ, J., dissents.
Christ, J., dissents and votes to reverse the judgment, on the law, and to order a new trial, with the following memorandum:
As I read the record, the intensity, scope and persistence of the prosecutor's questions in cross-examining defendant with respect to the details of the offense leading to a prior conviction were designed, as appears from the prosecutor's summation, not merely to attack defendant's credibility but to show a propensity on his part to commit the crimes charged in the indictment. In my opinion, such conduct on the part of the prosecutor was improper and constituted error; and, since it cannot be said that the jury was not influenced thereby to defendant's prejudice, a new trial is required (People v. McKinney, 24 N.Y.2d 180; People v. Sorge, 301 N. Y. 198; People v. Childers, 28 A.D.2d 725, and cases therein cited).
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