Case Detail
CitationPeople v. Williams, 849 N.E.2d 962 (N.Y. 2006)
CrimeDrug crimes
StateNY
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
FederalNo
Trial YearUKN
BodySupreme court
OpinionThe New York Court of Appeals held that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in ordering a new suppression hearing to remedy a Brady violation that occurred at the original pretrial suppression hearing: "The error was, as the trial court recognized, a serious one. Under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83, 83 S.Ct. 1194, 10 L.Ed.2d 215 [1963] and cases applying it, defendant was entitled to disclosure of any 'evidence of a material nature [favorable to the defense] which if disclosed could affect the ultimate decision on a suppression motion' [citations omitted]. There was no excuse for the People's failure to make the hearing judge aware of the perjury investigation of [the detective]—at the same time that the People were asking the hearing judge to rely on [the detective's] testimony to deny suppression. At best, as the People now concede, they were guilty of a significant misjudgment."
Determination Year2006
Misconduct TypeP
C/S EffectNew trial
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
Web linkhttps://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/2026575/people-v-williams/