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The People of the State of New York v. Nathaniel Martin

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


December 30, 2010

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
NATHANIEL MARTIN,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Seneca County Court (Dennis F. Bender, J.), rendered September 21, 2009. The judgment convicted defendant, upon a non-jury verdict, of promoting prison contraband in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.

People v. Martin

Decided on December 30, 2010

Appellate Division, Fourth Department

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.

PRESENT: MARTOCHE, J.P., CENTRA, FAHEY, LINDLEY, AND SCONIERS, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon a bench verdict of promoting prison contraband in the first degree (Penal Law § 205.25) and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree (§ 265.02). We reject the contention of defendant that he was denied effective assistance of counsel. The alleged errors in defense counsel's representation set forth by defendant in support of his contention are mere disagreements with defense counsel's trial tactics, and defendant has failed to establish "the absence of strategic or other legitimate explanations" for defense counsel's alleged shortcomings (People v Rivera, 71 NY2d 705, 709). Viewing the evidence, the law and the circumstances of this case, in totality and as of the time of the representation, we conclude that defendant received meaningful representation (see generally People v Baldi, 54 NY2d 137, 147). Contrary to defendant's further contention, the sentence is not unduly harsh or severe.

Entered: December 30, 2010

Patricia L. Morgan Clerk of the Court

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