Case Detail
CitationPeople v. Roberts, 904 N.Y.S.2d 509 (N.Y. App. Div. 2010)
CrimeMurder
StateNY
Pros. First NameCharles
Pros. Last NameHynes
FederalNo
Trial Year2008
BodyAppeals court
OpinionThe New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, held that the defendant was not entitled to a new trial due to prosecutor misconduct. "[T]he prosecutor improperly impeached the witness by injecting his own credibility into the trial [citations omitted] . However, without reference to this error, the evidence of the defendant's guilt, which included footage from a surveillance video, a written admission, a videotaped admission, and DNA matches, was overwhelming, and there is no reasonable possibility that this error might have contributed to the defendant's conviction. Thus, the error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt [citations omitted]."
Determination Year2010
Misconduct TypeTR: Vouching
C/S EffectNo effect
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
Web linkhttp://leagle.com/decision/In%20NYCO%2020100714411/PEOPLE%20v.%20ROBERTS