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The People of the State of New York v. Delbert J. Jacques

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


December 30, 2010

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
DELBERT J. JACQUES, JR., DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Oswego County Court (Walter W. Hafner, Jr., J.), endered September 14, 2009. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of conspiracy in the second degree.

People v Jacques

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.

Decided on December 30, 2010

Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department

PRESENT: CENTRA, J.P., PERADOTTO, CARNI, 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 his plea of guilty of conspiracy in the second degree (Penal Law § 105.15). Defendant failed to preserve for our review his contention that County Court's policy prohibiting further plea bargaining after the final plea conference constitutes an abuse of discretion (see People v Nieves, 2 NY3d 310, 315-316), and we decline to exercise our power to address that contention as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice (see CPL 470.15 [6] [a]). Moreover, that contention does not survive defendant's valid waiver of the right to appeal in any event, inasmuch as plea bargaining policies "do not implicate constitutional considerations" (People v Humphrey, 30 AD3d 766, 767, lv denied 7 NY3d 813) and, "generally, an appeal waiver will encompass any issue that does not involve a right of constitutional dimension going to the very heart of the process' " (People v Lopez, 6 NY3d 248, 255). The record does not support defendant's further contention that the court refused to accept a plea bargain " based on circumstances unrelated to . . . defendant and the proposed bargain at issue' " (People v Bonilla, 299 AD2d 934, 934, lv denied 99 NY2d 580). The contention of defendant that he was denied effective assistance of counsel survives the plea and waiver of the right to appeal only to the extent that "he contends that his plea was infected by the allegedly ineffective assistance and that he entered the plea because of his attorney's allegedly poor performance" (People v Bethune, 21 AD3d 1316, lv denied 6 NY3d 752; see People v Neal, 56 AD3d 1211, lv denied 12 NY3d 761). We conclude, however, that defendant's contention lacks merit to that extent (see generally People v Ford, 86 NY2d 397, 404).

Entered: December 30, 2010

Patricia L. Morgan Clerk of the Court

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