THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK RESPONDENT v. NIXON ELIAN DEFENDANT APPELLANT

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT, v. NIXON ELIAN, DEFENDANT–APPELLANT.

KA 11–00669

Decided: June 19, 2015

PRESENT:  SCUDDER, P.J., CARNI, SCONIERS, VALENTINO, AND WHALEN, JJ. TIMOTHY P. DONAHER, PUBLIC DEFENDER, ROCHESTER (DREW R. DUBRIN OF COUNSEL), FOR DEFENDANT–APPELLANT. SANDRA DOORLEY, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, ROCHESTER (GEOFFREY KAEUPER OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.

Memorandum:  Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon a jury verdict of, inter alia, two counts of attempted aggravated murder (Penal Law §§ 110.00, 125.26[1][a][i];  [b] ).  We reject defendant's contention that he was denied effective assistance of counsel based on defense counsel's failure to request that Supreme Court charge attempted assault in the second degree (§§ 110.00, 120.05[1] ) as a lesser included offense of those two counts of the indictment.  “It is well settled that ‘[a] defendant is not denied effective assistance of trial counsel [where defense] counsel does not make ․ a[n] argument that has little or no chance of success' “ (People v. March, 89 AD3d 1496, 1497, lv denied 18 NY3d 926, quoting People v. Stultz, 2 NY3d 277, 287, rearg. denied 3 NY3d 702).   Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to defendant (see People v. Martin, 59 N.Y.2d 704, 705), we conclude that there is no reasonable view thereof to support a finding that defendant committed the lesser offense but not the greater (see generally People v. Glover, 57 N.Y.2d 61, 63).   We reject defendant's further contention that he was denied effective assistance of counsel based on defense counsel's failure to object to comments made by the prosecutor in his opening statement and on summation (see People v. Cox, 21 AD3d 1361, 1364, lv denied 6 NY3d 753).

Defendant failed to preserve for our review his further contention that he was deprived of a fair trial by the admission in evidence of defendant's recorded statement in which he referenced an uncharged act of domestic violence.   After defendant objected on the basis of a Molineux violation, the court gave curative instructions to the jury.   Following those instructions, defense counsel neither objected further nor requested a mistrial, and thus, “ ‘[u]nder these circumstances, the curative instructions must be deemed to have corrected the error to the defendant's satisfaction’ “ (People v. Lane, 106 AD3d 1478, 1480–1481, lv denied 21 NY3d 1043, quoting People v. Heide, 84 N.Y.2d 943, 944).   We decline to exercise our power to review defendant's contention as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice (see CPL 470.15[6] [a] ).

Frances E. Cafarell

Clerk of the Court