PEOPLE v. DOMINIQUE

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Court of Appeals of New York.

The PEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent, v. Julia DOMINIQUE, Appellant.

    Decided: July 02, 1997

 John A. Cirando, Syracuse, Ivette Iza Zenner and Jacqueline B. Jones, for appellant. Jerome J. Richards, District Attorney of St. Lawrence County, Canton (Ramona L. Rabeler, of counsel), for respondent.

OPINION OF THE COURT

The order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed.

 On appeal, defendant contends that, even if the written search warrant application in this case was sufficient under CPL 690.35, it was rendered insufficient if the issuing court took oral testimony and failed to record that testimony as required by CPL 690.40(1).

 In the absence of any specific proof, the law presumes that the statutory requirements were satisfied.   Under this “presumption of regularity” the law further presumes that no official or person acting under an oath of office will do anything contrary to his official duty, or omit anything which his official duty requires to be done.   Substantial evidence is necessary to overcome that presumption.   There is no such substantial evidence in this case.

We do not reach the argument raised by the People, that the filing of witnesses' testimonial affidavits can constitute “substantial compliance” with the recordation requirement of  CPL 690.40(1) under our holding in People v. Taylor, 73 N.Y.2d 683, 688-689, 543 N.Y.S.2d 357, 541 N.E.2d 386.   We have considered the remaining contentions of defendant and conclude that they are without merit.

Order affirmed, in a memorandum.

MEMORANDUM.

KAYE, C.J., and TITONE, BELLACOSA, SMITH, LEVINE, CIPARICK and WESLEY, JJ., concur.

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