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The People &C v. Robert Guy Dickinson

New York Court of Appeals


December 15, 2011

THE PEOPLE &C., RESPONDENT,
v.
ROBERT GUY DICKINSON, APPELLANT.

This memorandum is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the New York Reports.

MEMORANDUM:

The order of the Appellate Division should be reversed and the indictment dismissed.

It is undisputed that the People were not ready for trial within six months of the commencement of the action, as CPL 30.30 (1) (a) requires, even after application of the exclusions listed in CPL 30.30 (4). The People's only claim is that defendant waived his rights under CPL 30.30 by participating in plea negotiations for several months.

While a defendant may waive rights under CPL 30.30 (People v Waldron, 6 NY3d 463 [2006]), the record here contains no evidence of any waiver, written or oral. Mere silence is not a waiver. We repeat our observation in Waldron that "prosecutors would be well advised to obtain unambiguous written waivers in situations like these" (id. at 468). Order reversed and indictment dismissed, in a memorandum.

Chief Judge Lippman and Judges Ciparick, Graffeo, Read, Smith, Pigott and Jones concur.

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