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The People of the State of New York v. Nathaniel Harrison

New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department


May 22, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
NATHANIEL HARRISON, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

People v Harrison

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 May 22, 2012

Tom, J.P., Sweeny, Renwick, Freedman, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Ruth Pickholz, J.), entered on or about December 17, 2009, which adjudicated defendant a level two sexually violent offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act (Correction Law art 6-C), unanimously affirmed, without costs.

The record supports the assessment of points for defendant's history of drug abuse (see e.g. People v Wilkens, 33 AD3d 399 [2006], lv denied 8 NY3d 801 [2007]). In any event, regardless of whether defendant's correct point score is 95 or 80, there is no basis for a discretionary downward departure to level one (see People v Mingo, 12 NY3d 563, 568 n 2 [2009]; People v Johnson, 11 NY3d 416, 421 [2008]). The seriousness of the underlying crime outweighs the mitigating factors asserted by defendant, which were adequately taken into account by the risk assessment instrument (see e.g. People v Hansford, 67 AD3d 496 [2009]).

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

ENTERED: MAY 22, 2012

CLERK

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