Case Detail
CitationPeople v. Hunter, 782 N.Y.S.2d 379 (N.Y. App. Div. 2004)
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
Trial Year2002
BodyAppeals court
OpinionThe New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, held the prosecutor's misconduct was harmless. "[A]lthough the prosecutor's comments suggesting that the jury should reject a defense argument not supported by proof 'beyond a reasonable doubt' were plainly improper [citations omitted], they do not constitute reversible error. The evidence of the defendant's guilt was strong, and the likelihood that the prosecutor's improper comments affected the jury's verdict was minimal because the comments pertained to a factual issue only tangentially relevant to the case. Also, the trial court's subsequent charge to the jury repeatedly emphasized that the burden of proof remained with the People [citations omitted]."
Determination Year2004
Misconduct TypeTR: Misstating
C/S EffectNo effect
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
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