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The People of the State of New York, Respondent v. Anthony A. Mitchell

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


March 16, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
ANTHONY A. MITCHELL, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Orleans County Court (James P. Punch, J.), rendered July 19, 2010.

People v Mitchell

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 March 16, 2012

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., CENTRA, PERADOTTO, LINDLEY, AND MARTOCHE, JJ.

The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

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

Memorandum:

Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him, upon a plea of guilty, of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree (Penal Law §§ 110.00, 220.06 [5]). Preliminarily, we note that defendant's notice of appeal recites an incorrect date on which judgment was rendered. Defendant's notice of appeal recites the correct indictment number, however, and thus we exercise our discretion, in the interest of justice, and treat the notice of appeal as valid (see CPL 460.10 [6]).

We reject defendant's contention that the language used by County Court during the plea allocation concerning his waiver of the right to appeal was vague and did not absolutely prohibit defendant from contesting the court's suppression rulings on appeal. " [Trial courts are not required to engage in any particular litany during an allocation in order to obtain a valid guilty plea in which defendant waives a plethora of rights,' including the right to appeal" (People v Gilbert, 17 AD3d 1164, 1164, lv denied 5 NY3d 762, quoting People v Moistest, 76 NY2d 909, 910-911). Here, the record establishes that the court stated that defendant was waiving his right to appeal, and defendant indicated that he understood that he was waiving his right to appeal. Defendant's valid waiver of the right to appeal thus encompasses his challenges to the court's suppression rulings (see People v Kemp, 94 NY2d 831, 833; Gilbert, 17 AD3d at 1164). To the extent that defendant contends that his plea was not knowing, intelligent, and voluntary, that contention in fact is premised on defendant's challenge to the allegedly incorrect suppression rulings. Thus, that contention is in effect also a challenge to the suppression rulings, which is encompassed by the valid waiver of the right to appeal (see Kemp, 94 NY2d at 833).

Entered: March 16, 2012

Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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