Case Detail
CitationPeople v. Christiani, 946 N.Y.S.2d 235 (N.Y. App. Div. 2012)
CrimeAssault
StateNY
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
FederalNo
Trial Year2009
BodyAppeals court
OpinionThe New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, held that the prosecutor's misconduct in referring to the defendant as a “coward” for shooting the victim in the back was harmless. "The defendant preserved for appellate review his contention that the prosecutor committed misconduct by referring to him as a 'coward' for shooting the victim in the back. While we agree with the defendant that this comment was improper [citation omitted], the error was harmless, as the evidence of the defendant's guilt, without reference to the error, was overwhelming, and there is no significant probability that the error might have contributed to the defendant's conviction [citation omitted]."
Determination Year2012
Misconduct TypeT
C/S EffectNo effect
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
Web linkhttp://www.leagle.com/decision/In%20NYCO%2020120613458