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Thompson v. Buchter

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION SECOND JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT


January 20, 2009

IN THE MATTER OF REGINALD THOMPSON, PETITIONER,
v.
RICHARD L. BUCHTER, ETC., ET AL., RESPONDENTS.

Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 in the nature of prohibition, inter alia, to prohibit the respondent Richard L. Buchter, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Queens County, from resentencing the petitioner in a matter entitled People v Thompson pending in that court under Indictment No. 519/00. Application by the petitioner to prosecute this proceeding as a poor person.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

ANITA R. FLORIO, J.P., HOWARD MILLER, EDWARD D. CARNI and ARIEL E. BELEN, JJ.

DECISION, ORDER & JUDGMENT

ORDERED that the application to prosecute this proceeding as a poor person is granted to the extent that the filing fee imposed by CPLR 8022(b) is waived, and the application is otherwise denied as academic; and it is further,

ADJUDGED that the petition is denied and the proceeding is dismissed, without costs or disbursements.

"Because of its extraordinary nature, prohibition is available only where there is a clear legal right, and then only when a court - in cases where judicial authority is challenged - acts or threatens to act either without jurisdiction or in excess of its authorized powers" (Matter of Holtzman v Goldman, 71 NY2d 564, 569; see Matter of Rush v Mordue, 68 NY2d 348, 352). The petitioner has failed to demonstrate a clear legal right to the relief sought.

FLORIO, J.P., MILLER, CARNI and BELEN, JJ., concur.

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