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The People of the State of New York Ex Rel. Nathan Lewis, Petitioner-Appellant v. Harold D. Graham

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


June 8, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK EX REL. NATHAN LEWIS, PETITIONER-APPELLANT,
v.
HAROLD D. GRAHAM, SUPERINTENDENT, AUBURN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, RESPONDENT-RESPONDENT.

Appeal from a judgment (denominated order) of the Supreme Court, Cayuga County (Thomas G. Leone, A.J.), entered March 7, 2011 in a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 70.

People ex rel. Lewis v Graham

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 June 8, 2012

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

The judgment granted the motion of respondent to dismiss and dismissed the petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum: Petitioner commenced this proceeding seeking a writ of habeas corpus. We conclude that Supreme Court properly dismissed the petition. Habeas corpus relief is unavailablebecause petitioner's contention in support of the petition "could have been, or [was], raised on direct appeal or by a motion pursuant to CPL article 440" (People ex rel. Mills v Poole, 55 AD3d 1289, 1290, lv denied 11 NY3d 712; see People ex rel. Robinson v Graham, 68 AD3d 1706, lv denied 14 NY3d 706). "Habeas corpus relief also is unavailable because petitioner would not be entitled to immediate release from custody even in the event that his contention[] had merit" (People ex rel. Almodovar v Berbary, 67 AD3d 1419, 1420, lv denied 14 NY3d 703; see People ex rel. Kaplan v Commissioner of Correction of City of N.Y., 60 NY2d 648, 649). Finally, "[b]ecause the petition lacked any justiciable basis upon which a writ of habeas corpus could be sustained, the court did not abuse its discretion in denying petitioner's application for assigned counsel" (People ex rel. Gloss v Costello, 309 AD2d 1160, 1161, lv denied 1 NY3d 504 [internal quotation marks omitted]; see People ex rel. Hinton v Graham, 66 AD3d 1402, 1402, lv denied 13 NY3d 934, rearg denied 14 NY3d 795).

Entered: June 8, 2012

Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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