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In the Matter of the State of New York v. John Hall

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


June 8, 2012

IN THE MATTER OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
PETITIONER-RESPONDENT,
v.
JOHN HALL,
RESPONDENT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Genesee County (Robert C. Noonan, A.J.), dated June 7, 2011 in a proceeding pursuant to Mental Hygiene Law article 10.

Matter of Matter of State of New York v Hall

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: SCUDDER, P.J., CENTRA, PERADOTTO, CARNI, AND LINDLEY, JJ.

The order determined that respondent is a dangerous sex offender requiring confinement and committed respondent to a secure treatment facility.

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

Memorandum: Respondent appeals from an order determining that he is a dangerous sex offender requiring confinement pursuant to Mental Hygiene Law article 10 and committing him to a secure treatment facility. We reject respondent's contention that petitioner failed to establish by clear and convincing evidence at the dispositional hearing that "respondent is likely to be a danger to others and to commit sex offenses if not confined to a secure treatment facility" (§ 10.07 [f]). Indeed, the experts for both petitioner and respondent recommended inpatient treatment. Thus, Supreme Court's determination that respondent should be committed to a secure treatment facility is supported by the requisite clear and convincing evidence (see generally id.).

Contrary to the further contention of respondent, the court did not err in permitting petitioner's expert to testify concerning statements in the various records he reviewed in forming his opinion. "The professional reliability exception to the hearsay rule enables an expert witness to provide opinion evidence based on otherwise inadmissible hearsay, provided it is demonstrated to be the type of material commonly relied on in the profession' " (Matter of State of New York v Motzer, 79 AD3d 1687, 1688, quoting Hinlicky v Dreyfuss, 6 NY3d 636, 648). We reject respondent's contention that the court abused its discretion in permitting petitioner to call respondent's expert as a rebuttal witness (see generally Matter of Roth v S & H Grossinger, 284 AD2d 746, 748-749), and the record belies the further contention of respondent that the court limited his cross-examination of petitioner's expert concerning recidivism statistics related to the Static 99 assessment.

Finally, there is no merit to the contention of respondent that the court's delay in rendering a decision denied him due process. The dispositional hearing concluded on April 26, 2011, and the court's decision was issued 42 days later, on June 7, 2011, well within the 60-day limitation (see Mental Hygiene Law § 10.07 [b]; CPLR 4213 [c]).

Entered: June 8, 2012

Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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