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People v. Hucks

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FOURTH DEPARTMENT


April 30, 2010

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
MARQUIS C. HUCKS, APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Monroe County (Frank P. Geraci, Jr., J.), entered October 24, 2008. The order determined that defendant is a level three risk pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act.

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

As corrected through Wednesday, June 9, 2010

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

Memorandum

On appeal from an order determining that he is a level three risk pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act (Correction Law § 168 et seq.), defendant contends that Supreme Court erred in relying on the case summary prepared by the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders. We reject that contention. The case summary constitutes reliable hearsay and thus may be considered by the court in determining defendant's risk level (see People v Howe, 49 AD3d 1302 [2008]; People v Roman, 41 AD3d 1288 [2007], lv denied 9 NY3d 809 [2007]; People v Vacanti, 26 AD3d 732 [2006], lv denied 6 NY3d 714 [2006]).

Even assuming, arguendo, that defendant's further contention that the court erred in refusing to grant him a downward departure from his presumptive risk level is preserved for our review (see People v Clark, 66 AD3d 1366 [2009], lv denied 13 NY3d 713 [2009]), we conclude that it lacks merit. Defendant failed to provide clear and convincing evidence of special circumstances to warrant a downward departure (see Correction Law § 168-n [3]; People v Ratcliff, 53 AD3d 1110 [2008], lv denied 11 NY3d 708 [2008]; People v McDaniel, 27 AD3d 1158 [2006], lv denied 7 NY3d 703 [2006]).

Present--Scudder, P.J., Martoche, Fahey, Green and Gorski, JJ.

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