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The People of the State of New York v. Jesus Torres

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


July 8, 2011

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
JESUS TORRES,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Seneca County Court (Dennis F. Bender, J.), rendered April 12, 2010. The judgment convicted defendant, upon a jury verdict, of assault in the third degree.

People v Torres

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. Decided on July 8, 2011

PRESENT: CENTRA, J.P., FAHEY, PERADOTTO, SCONIERS, AND GORSKI, JJ.

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

Memorandum: On appeal from a judgment convicting him upon a jury verdict of assault in the third degree (Penal Law § 120.00 [2]), defendant contends that County Court erred in refusing to instruct the jury on the defense of justification. We reject that contention. There is no reasonable view of the evidence that defendant reasonably believed that physical force was necessary to defend himself from what he reasonably believed to be "the use or imminent use of unlawful physical force" (§ 35.15 [1]; see People v Lewis, 13 AD3d 208, 209, affd 5 NY3d 546; Matter of Y.K., 87 NY2d 430, 433-434; see generally People v Butts, 72 NY2d 746, 750).

Entered: July 8, 2011

Patricia L. Morgan Clerk of the Court

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