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The People of the State of New York, Respondent v. Kareem Miller

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department


February 14, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
KAREEM MILLER, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

People v Miller

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 February 14, 2012

Tom, J.P., Andrias, Catterson, Richter, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Carol Berkman, J., at suppression motion; Analisa Torres, at jury trial and sentencing), rendered February 25, 2010, as amended March 17, 2010, convicting defendant of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, and sentencing him, as a second felony drug offender whose prior felony conviction was a violent felony, to a term of seven years, unanimously affirmed.

The verdict was based on legally sufficient evidence and was not against the weight of the evidence (see People v Danielson, 9 NY3d 342, 348-349 [2007]). There is no basis for disturbing the jury's credibility determinations. The evidence supports a reasonable inference that defendant intended to sell the drugs he possessed (see e.g. People v Daley, 281 AD2d 244 [2001], lv denied 96 NY2d 827 [2001]). In addition to 17 individual packages of cocaine, defendant possessed $639 in cash, including a large number of $1 bills.

The motion court properly denied defendant's suppression motion without granting a hearing. At defendant's arraignment, the court read into the record a case summary in which the People provided a detailed account of the events leading to defendant's arrest. Defendant's initial and supplemental motions failed to address the People's allegations that defendant engaged in specific conduct that justified the police actions. Accordingly, there was no factual dispute requiring a hearing (see People v Burton, 6 NY3d 584, 589-590 [2006]; People v Jones, 95 NY2d 721, 729 [2001]).

The court properly exercised its discretion in denying defendant's application to preclude physical evidence on the ground of late disclosure (see People v Kelly, 62 NY2d 516 [1984]). Defendant did not establish that he was prejudiced by the People's eve-of-trial disclosure of a voucher form relating to the $639 in cash recovered from defendant. The record establishes that, from the inception of the case, defense counsel anticipated that the People intended to introduce money recovered from defendant. There is no reason to believe that defendant was either surprised or in any way prejudiced by the late disclosure of the precise amount or denominations of the money.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

ENTERED: FEBRUARY 14, 2012

CLERK

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