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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

The PEOPLE, etc., respondent, v. Chris THOMAS, appellant.

Decided: November 29, 1999

CORNELIUS J. O'BRIEN, J.P., MYRIAM J. ALTMAN, DANIEL F. LUCIANO and NANCY E. SMITH, JJ. Sally Wasserman, New York, N.Y., for appellant. William L. Murphy, District Attorney, Staten Island, N.Y. (Karen F. McGee and Jonathan J. Silbermann of counsel), for respondent.

Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Richmond County (J. Leone, J.), rendered March 13, 1997, convicting him of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

The trial court did not improvidently exercise its discretion in denying the defendant's request to cross-examine an undercover police officer regarding the officer's alleged misidentification of individuals in two prior unrelated cases.   Whether the officer erroneously described apprehended individuals who were later released had no bearing on the issue of the identity of the defendant in this case.   Accordingly, the trial court properly exercised its discretion in limiting cross-examination on such a collateral matter (see, People v. Almeida, 159 A.D.2d 508, 552 N.Y.S.2d 377).   Further, the prosecutor did not “open the door” to the line of questioning proposed by the defense counsel.

The defendant's remaining contention is without merit.


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