PEOPLE v. MARTIN

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

The PEOPLE, etc., Respondent, v. Michael MARTIN, Appellant.

Decided: July 23, 2001

MYRIAM J. ALTMAN, J.P., WILLIAM D. FRIEDMANN, NANCY E. SMITH and THOMAS A. ADAMS, JJ. Lynn W.L. Fahey, New York, N.Y. (Barbara Lerner of counsel), for appellant. Charles J. Hynes, District Attorney, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Leonard Joblove and Michael Gore of counsel), and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP, New York, N.Y. (Jennifer L. Lallite of counsel), for respondent (one brief filed).

Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Lott, J.), rendered March 8, 1999, convicting him of bail jumping in the second degree, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

 The trial court properly permitted the prosecution to inquire into the defendant's court appearances on prior unrelated cases to rebut the defendant's assertion, in defense to the charge of bail jumping, that he was generally unfamiliar with court procedure (see, People v. Alvino, 71 N.Y.2d 233, 248, 525 N.Y.S.2d 7, 519 N.E.2d 808;  People v. Harris, 57 N.Y.2d 335, 345, 456 N.Y.S.2d 694, 442 N.E.2d 1205, cert. denied 460 U.S. 1047, 103 S.Ct. 1448, 75 L.Ed.2d 803).   The relevance of this rebuttal evidence far outweighed any possible prejudice which might have resulted (see, People v. Ventimiglia, 52 N.Y.2d 350, 359-360, 438 N.Y.S.2d 261, 420 N.E.2d 59).

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