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People v. Robinson

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


June 16, 2009

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
RENDELL ROBINSON, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (William A. Wetzel, J.), rendered October 31, 2007, convicting defendant, after a jury trial, of assault in the second degree and three counts of attempted assault in the second degree, and sentencing him, as a second felony offender, to a term of 3 years and three terms of 11/2 to 3 years, all to be served consecutively, unanimously affirmed.

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.

Tom, J.P., Friedman, Nardelli, Buckley, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.

5087/06, 2704/07

The court properly exercised its discretion when it excused all prospective jurors who would have been unavailable due to a two-day religious observance that immediately preceded a weekend (see People v Paulino, 287 AD2d 302 [2001], lv denied 97 NY2d 686 [2002]). A recess to accommodate these panelists' religious obligations would have seriously disrupted scheduling in this short trial, because the limitations on recessed deliberations set forth in CPL 310.10(2) would have required the court to charge the jury almost a week after the expected close of testimony. The panelists were not excluded because of their religion, but because of their unavailability within the context of the particular case.

Defendant's general objections failed to preserve his present challenges to the prosecutor's summation (see e.g. People v Harris, 98 NY2d 452, 492 [2002]), and we decline to review them in the interest of justice. As an alternative holding, we find that the comments at issue were proper responses to defendant's attacks on the credibility of the People's witnesses (see People v Overlee, 236 AD2d 133 [1997], lv denied 91 NY2d 976 [1998]; People v D'Alessandro, 184 AD2d 114, 118-119 [1992], lv denied 81 NY2d 884 [1993]).

The surcharges and fees were properly imposed (see People v Guerrero, 12 NY3d 45 [2009]). We perceive no basis for reducing the sentence.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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