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People v. Leopold

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


June 5, 2009

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
LEONARD A. LEOPOLD, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Erie County (John L. Michalski, A.J.), entered March 27, 2008. The order determined that defendant is a level two risk pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act.

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., MARTOCHE, FAHEY, CARNI, AND PINE, JJ.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum

Defendant appeals from an order determining that he is a level two risk under the Sex Offender Registration Act (Correction Law § 168 et seq.). Defendant failed to preserve for our review his present contention that the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders erred in failing to compare his California offense with New York law (see generally People v Windham, 10 NY3d 801; People v Smith, 17 AD3d 1045, lv denied 5 NY3d 705). We agree with defendant that Supreme Court failed to set forth the requisite findings of fact and conclusions of law upon which it based its risk assessment determination (see § 168-n [3]). Nevertheless, we conclude that the record before us is sufficient to enable us to make our own findings of fact and conclusions of law (see People v Pardo, 50 AD3d 992, lv denied 11 NY3d 703), and we conclude that the upward departure determining that defendant is a level two risk is supported by clear and convincing evidence (see People v Thomas, 307 AD2d 759).

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