PEOPLE v. EDWARDS

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Court of Appeals of New York.

The PEOPLE & c., Respondent, v. Michael EDWARDS, Appellant.

No. 80 SSM 28.

Decided: February 11, 2010

Submitted by Grazina Myers, for appellant. Submitted by Roseann B. MacKechnie, for respondent.

MEMORANDUM:

The order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed. Whether a particular request for counsel “is or is not unequivocal is a mixed question of law and fact,” which, if supported by record evidence, is beyond further review by this Court (People v. Glover, 87 N.Y.2d 838, 839 [1995] ). Such record evidence exists here.

A missing witness charge is warranted for a party's failure to produce a witness, under its control, where his or her testimony would have been material and non-cumulative of other testimony or evidence (see People v. Macana, 84 N.Y.2d 173, 177 [1994]; People v. Gonzalez, 68 N.Y.2d 424, 427 [1986] ). “The party seeking the missing witness charge must sustain an initial burden of showing that the opposing party has failed to call a witness who could be expected to have knowledge regarding a material issue in the case and to provide testimony favorable to the opposing party” (Macana, 84 N.Y.2d at 177). Here, defendant argued that the uncalled witness could have either contradicted or corroborated the complaining witness, but did not demonstrate that her testimony would have been non-cumulative or expected to be favorable to the People.

On review of submissions pursuant to section 500.11 of the Rules, order affirmed, in a memorandum.

Chief Judge LIPPMAN and Judges CIPARICK, GRAFFEO, READ, SMITH, PIGOTT and JONES concur.