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The People of the State of New York v. Albert Santana

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


December 21, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
ALBERT SANTANA,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

People v Santana

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.

Released on December 21, 2012

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., PERADOTTO, CARNI, SCONIERS, AND WHALEN, JJ.

Appeal, by permission of a Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Fourth Judicial Department, from an order of the Onondaga County Court (Joseph E. Fahey, J.), entered September 16, 2010.

The order denied defendant's motion pursuant to CPL 440.10 to vacate the judgment convicting defendant of murder in the second degree, attempted robbery in the first degree (two counts), criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree (two counts) and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from an order denying his CPL 440.10 motion to vacate the judgment of conviction after trial. Defendant moved to vacate the judgment on the ground that he was denied effective assistance of counsel because, inter alia, defense counsel did not properly advise defendant with respect to a plea offer. Although we agree with the People that "the motion papers do not contain sworn allegations substantiating or tending to substantiate' defendant's claims of ineffective assistance of counsel" (People v Vigliotti, 24 AD3d 1216, 1216; cf. People v Frazier, 87 AD3d 1350, 1351; People v Howard, 12 AD3d 1127, 1128; see generally People v Vaughan, 20 AD3d 940, 942, lv denied 5 NY3d 857), County Court did not decide that issue adversely to defendant, and thus we decline to affirm the order on that ground (see generally People v Concepcion, 17 NY3d 192, 197-198).

We conclude, however, that the court properly denied the motion without a hearing on the ground that the allegations in support of the motion are made solely by defendant, that those allegations are unsupported by other evidence and that, under all the circumstances, there is no reasonable possibility that such allegations are true (see CPL 440.30 [4] [d]). "Considering all of the circumstances, including that defendant's motion was decided by a judge who, having presided over defendant's trial, was familiar with the facts . . . , we cannot conclude that [the] [c]court abused its discretion in denying the motion without a hearing" (People v Hoffler, 74 AD3d 1632, 1635, lv denied 17 NY3d 859; see People v Smiley, 67 AD3d 713, 714, lv denied 13 NY3d 942; People v DeJesus, 39 AD3d 1196, 1197, lv denied 9 NY3d 874). Entered: December 21, 2012 Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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