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People v. Smith

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


October 13, 2009

THE PEOPLE, ETC., RESPONDENT,
v.
LARRY SMITH, APPELLANT.

Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Hall, J.), rendered July 8, 2005, convicting him of murder in the first degree (two counts), upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence.

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.

REINALDO E. RIVERA, J.P., ANITA R. FLORIO, RANDALL T. ENG & JOHN M. LEVENTHAL, JJ.

(Ind. No. 4413/02)

DECISION & ORDER

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

The defendant contends that the Supreme Court erred in denying his Batson challenge (see Batson v Kentucky, 476 US 79) because the prosecutor's explanations for striking a black female prospective juror were pretextual. However, the defendant's challenge was properly denied since he failed to satisfy his burden of demonstrating, under the third prong of the Batson analysis, that the facially race-neutral and gender-neutral explanations given by the prosecutor were a pretext for discrimination (see People v Payne, 88 NY2d 172, 181).

The defendant's remaining contention is without merit.

RIVERA, J.P., FLORIO, ENG and LEVENTHAL, JJ., concur.

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