Case Detail
CitationPeople v. Williams, 813 N.Y.S.2d 606 (N.Y. App. Div. 2006)
CrimeMurder
StateNY
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
FederalNo
Trial YearUKN
BodyAppeals court
OpinionThe New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, held that the trial court alleviated any prejudice arising from the prosecutor's comments and summation. "While we agree with the dissent that certain of the prosecutor's comments during cross-examination of a defense witness were improper, we cannot agree with the dissent that they were so egregious as to deprive defendant of a fair trial [citations omitted]." The dissent observed "the evidence of defendant's guilt is not overwhelming and . . . the outcome of the case was dependent solely on the credibility of the witnesses. It is our conclusion that the prosecutor's cross-examination of the defense witness as set forth herein, in conjunction with the prosecutor's improper comments on summation regarding that witness as well as the alibi witnesses, could have ‘tip[ped] the scales' against defendant . . ."
Determination Year2006
Misconduct TypeT
C/S EffectNo effect
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
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