Case Detail
CitationPeople v. Bell, 885 N.Y.S.2d 841 (N.Y. App. Div. 2009)
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
Trial Year2006
BodyAppeals court
OpinionThe New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, held that any error in allowing the prosecutor to vouch for the witnesses' credibility was harmless. "We agree with defendant that the prosecutor improperly vouched for the credibility of the witnesses to the shooting [citations omitted], and that the error was compounded when Supreme Court allowed the prosecutor to enhance the effect of her improper comments by using computer slides. We also agree with defendant that, during her summation, the prosecutor mischaracterized one of the photographs admitted in evidence [citations omitted]. Nevertheless, we conclude that those instances of misconduct during the prosecutor's summation did not deprive defendant of his fundamental right to a fair trial."
Determination Year2009
Misconduct TypeTR: Inadmissible
TR: Vouching
C/S EffectNo effect
Pros. Misc. ReportedNo
Sanction TypeUKN
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