Case Detail
CitationPeople v. Singleton, 974 N.Y.S.2d 548 (N.Y. App. Div. 2013)
CrimeMurder
StateNY
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
FederalNo
Trial Year2010
BodyAppeals court
OpinionThe New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, held that the prosecutor's conduct amounted to an unjustifiable circumvention of Bruton rule, which holds that the confession of a nontestifying codefendant, implicating the defendant, may not be admitted into evidence at a joint trial. Examples of "the prosecutor's defiance of a court ruling were not isolated in this trial. For example, upon being told by the court to take down the video projection of the codefendant's statement, the prosecutor continued his summation without doing so, requiring further comment from defense counsel. Additionally, during the prosecutor's opening statement, after an objection was sustained to his line of argument that 'justice [was] what's on this [i.e., the prosecutor's] side of the room,' the prosecutor continued with that line of argument. Similarly, during the prosecutor's closing statement, an objection was sustained to the prosecutor's effective instruction to the jury on the law, but the prosecutor nonetheless persisted in that effective instruction, requiring a second objection by defense counsel. We recount these examples of the prosecutor's misconduct 'in the hope that our disfavor will be noted and that those charged with the duty of participating as advocates in criminal trials will approach their responsibility in an appropriate manner” [citations omitted].' "
Determination Year2013
Misconduct TypeTR: Inadmissible
TR: Inflammatory
TR: Other
C/S EffectNew trial
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
Web linkN/A