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In re Karacostantakis

Supreme Court of New York, Third Department

June 20, 2013

In the Matter of MICHAEL KARACOSTANTAKIS, Petitioner,
v.
ALBERT PRACK, as Director of Special Housing and Inmate Disciplinary Programs, Respondent.

Calendar Date: May 6, 2013

Michael Karacostantakis, Comstock, petitioner pro se.

Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General, Albany (Peter H. Schiff of counsel), for respondent.

Before: Peters, P.J., Lahtinen, McCarthy and Garry, JJ.

MEMORANDUM AND JUDGMENT

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 the Commissioner of Corrections and Community Supervision which found petitioner guilty of violating a prison disciplinary rule.

Correction officers discovered a small cellophane package containing what appeared to be a marihuana cigarette during an authorized strip frisk of petitioner. The item tested positive for marihuana and petitioner was charged in a misbehavior report with possession of a controlled substance. Following a tier III disciplinary hearing, petitioner was found guilty of the charge. Upon administrative review, the determination was upheld and this CPLR article 78 proceeding ensued.

The misbehavior report, unusual incident report, drug test results and petitioner's own statements that he possessed the item provide substantial evidence supporting the determination of guilt (see Matter of Hall v Fischer, 87 A.D.3d 1235, 1236 [2011]; Matter of Truman v Fischer, 75 A.D.3d 1019, 1020 [2010]; Matter of Davis v Prack, 58 A.D.3d 977, 977 [2009]). Petitioner failed to preserve his argument that there was not a proper foundation for the admission of the drug test results (see Matter of Shorter v Prack, 100 A.D.3d 1178, 1179 [2012]; Matter of Boggs v Martuscello, 84 A.D.3d 1667, 1668 [2011]). Petitioner's remaining contentions, to the extent not addressed herein, have been considered and found to be without merit.

Peters, P.J., Lahtinen, McCarthy and Garry, JJ., concur.

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


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