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In the Matter of Stacy Lyn v. Brian Fischer

State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department


May 16, 2013

IN THE MATTER OF STACY LYN BURNETT, PETITIONER,
v.
BRIAN FISCHER, AS COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONS AND COMMUNITY SUPERVISION, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.

MEMORANDUM AND JUDGMENT

Calendar Date: April 3, 2013

Before: Rose, J.P., Stein, Garry and Egan Jr., JJ.

Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 (transferred to this Court by order of the Supreme Court, entered in Albany County) to review a determination of respondent Commissioner of Corrections and Community Supervision which found petitioner guilty of violating certain prison disciplinary rules.

Petitioner, a prison inmate, was charged with violating various prison disciplinary rules after a search of her cube disclosed, among other things, a handwritten document containing the personal information of a prison employee. As a result of that document, she was ultimately found guilty of possessing contraband and an employee's personal information. The determination was affirmed upon administrative appeal, prompting petitioner to commence this CPLR article 78 proceeding.

We confirm. Petitioner argues that the document was improperly considered given purported problems with the chain of custody, but it was secured in a locked office after the search of her cube, and she provided no evidence to substantiate her claim that the document could have been tampered with while stored there (see Matter of Saif'Ul'Bait v Goord, 15 AD3d 703, 705 [2005]; Matter of Price v Coughlin, 116 AD2d 898, 899 [1986]). The document, as well as the misbehavior report and hearing testimony, provide substantial evidence to support the determination of guilt (see Matter of Austin v Venettozzi, 97 AD3d 867, 867 [2012]). Petitioner's remaining claims, to the extent they are properly before us, have been considered and found to lack merit.

Rose, J.P., Stein, Garry and Egan Jr., JJ., concur.

ADJUDGED that the determination is confirmed, without costs, and petition dismissed.

ENTER:

Robert D. Mayberger Clerk of the Court

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