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CitationPeople v. Munquia, 806 N.Y.S.2d 595 (N.Y. App. Div. 2005)
Pros. First NameRichard
Pros. Last NameBrown
Trial Year2003
BodyAppeals court
OpinionThe New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, held that the fact of a defense witness's recent arrest was not a topic the prosecutor could use, on cross-examination, to impeach such witness, but the error was harmless. "The defendant correctly contends that the prosecutor improperly impeached a defense witness about a recent arrest. 'Although a witness may be impeached upon cross-examination about certain convictions or specific criminal acts bearing on credibility ... the fact of an arrest ... is ‘not a permitted area for impeachment’ ' [citations omitted]."
Determination Year2005
Misconduct TypeTR: Inadmissible
TR: Inflammatory
C/S EffectNo effect
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
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