Case Detail
CitationPeople v. Williams, 967 N.Y.S.2d 288 (N.Y. App. Div. 2013)
CrimeSex crimes
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
Trial Year2009
BodyAppeals court
OpinionThe New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, held that allowing the prosecutor's comments related to the defendant's postarrest silence was harmless. "[W]e agree with defendant that those comments by the prosecutor during opening and closing statements were improper and that the court erred in admitting testimony that he refused to answer certain questions and remained silent with respect to others. 'Neither a defendant's silence [nor his] invocation of the right against self-incrimination during police interrogation can be used against him on the People's direct case' [citations omitted]. We nevertheless conclude, 'in light of the evidence presented, ... that any such errors were ‘harmless beyond a reasonable doubt’ inasmuch as there is ‘no reasonable possibility that the error[s] might have contributed to defendant's conviction’ [citations omitted]."
Determination Year2013
Misconduct TypeTR: Inadmissible
TR: Vouching
C/S EffectNo effect
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
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