New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department
November 20, 2012
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
RANDY DICKS, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.
People v Dicks
Decided on November 20, 2012
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.
Tom, J.P., Andrias, Saxe, Acosta, Freedman, JJ.
Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Roger S. Hayes, J.), rendered April 29, 2011, convicting defendant, after a jury trial, of bribery in the third degree, and sentencing him to a term of six months of intermittent imprisonment to be served on weekends, unanimously affirmed.
Recordings of incriminating conversations between defendant and other persons were properly authenticated by participants' testimony that the recordings were accurate, complete and unaltered (see People v Ely, 68 NY2d 520, 527 ; People v Agudelo, 96 AD3d 611 [1st Dept 2012]). Defendant's identity as a participant in the conversations was sufficiently established by the testimony of another participant, as well as the surrounding circumstances, including several face-to-face meetings that followed up on the recorded conversations. No chain-of-custody evidence was required (see People v Ely, 68 NY2d at 528), and since the contents of the tapes were not in dispute, the best evidence rule did not apply (see People v Schozer v William Penn Life Ins. Co., 84 NY2d 639, 643 ).
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
ENTERED: NOVEMBER 20, 2012
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