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The People of the State of New York v. Jamal Williams

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


October 9, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
JAMAL WILLIAMS,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

People v Williams

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 October 9, 2012

Saxe, J.P., Sweeny, Richter, Abdus-Salaam, Roman, JJ.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Cassandra Mullen, J.), rendered January 20, 2011, as amended February 10, 2011, convicting defendant, after a jury trial, of attempted robbery in the second degree, and sentencing him, as a second violent felony offender, to a term of 6 years, unanimously affirmed.

The court properly denied defendant's suppression motion. The prompt showup near the scene of the crime was not conducted in an unduly suggestive manner (see e.g. People v Gatling, 38 AD3d 239, 240 [1st Dept 2007], lv denied 9 NY3d 865 [2007]). Defendant did not preserve his current challenge to an officer's remark at the showup, and we decline to review it in the interest of justice. As an alternative holding, we find that the officer's statement simply cautioned the victim against making an identification unless he was certain. This did not render the identification suggestive (see People v Guitierres, 82 AD3d 1116, 1117-1118 [2d Dept 2011]). Instead, it tended to reduce the risk of misidentification.

The verdict was supported by legally sufficient evidence and was not against the weight of the evidence (see People v Danielson, 9 NY3d 342, 348 [2007]). Moreover, the evidence was overwhelming. Regardless of any weaknesses in the victim's testimony, defendant's guilt was established by extensive circumstantial evidence.

By failing to object, by making belated objections (see People v Romero, 7 NY3d 911, 912 [2006]), or by failing to request any specific further relief after the court delivered a curative instruction (see People v Heide, 84 NY2d 943, 944 [1994]; People v Medina, 53 NY2d 951, 953 [1981]), defendant failed to preserve his present challenges to the prosecutor's summation, and we decline to review them in the interest of justice. As an alternative holding, we find no basis for reversal (see People v Overlee, 236 AD2d 133 [1st Dept 1997], lv denied 91 NY2d 976 [1998]; People v D'Alessandro, 184 AD2d 114, 118-119 [1st Dept 1992], lv denied 81 NY2d 884 [1993]).

We have considered and rejected defendant's ineffective assistance of counsel claim (see People v Benevento, 91 NY2d 708, 713-714 [1998]; Strickland v Washington, 466 US 668 [1984]).

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

ENTERED: OCTOBER 9, 2012

CLERK

20121009

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