Case Detail
CitationPeople v. Thornton, 962 N.Y.S.2d 627 (N.Y. App. Div. 2013)
CrimeMurder
StateNY
Pros. First NameThomas
Pros. Last NameSpota
FederalNo
Trial Year2010
BodyAppeals court
OpinionThe New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, held that the prosecutor's error of eliciting testimony that the defendant had invoked his Miranda rights was harmless. "[W]hile we agree that this testimony was improperly elicited, the error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt, since the evidence of the defendant's guilt, without reference to the error, was overwhelming, and there is no reasonable possibility that the error might have contributed to his conviction . . ."
Determination Year2013
Misconduct TypeTR: Inadmissible
C/S EffectNo effect
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
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