The People, etc., respondent, v. Gene Gidron, appellant.

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

The People, etc., respondent, v. Gene Gidron, appellant.

2008-05965 (Ind.No. 2898/07)

Decided: February 16, 2010

PETER B. SKELOS, J.P. JOSEPH COVELLO RUTH C. BALKIN LEONARD B. AUSTIN, JJ. Martin Geoffrey Goldberg, Franklin Square, N.Y., for appellant. Kathleen M. Rice, District Attorney, Mineola, N.Y. (Andrew Fukuda of counsel), for respondent. ORDERED that the motion is granted, Martin Geoffrey Goldberg is relieved as attorney for the defendant and he is directed to turn over all papers in his possession to new counsel assigned herein;  and it is further,

Submitted-January 19, 2010


Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the County Court, Nassau County (Ayres, J.), rendered June 20, 2008, convicting him of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence.   Assigned counsel has submitted a brief in accordance with Anders v. California (386 U.S. 738) in which he moves to be relieved of the assignment to prosecute this appeal.

ORDERED that Steven Feldman, 626 Reckson Plaze, West Tower-6th Floor, Uniondale, N.Y., 11556, is assigned as counsel to perfect the appeal;  and it is further,

ORDERED that the People are directed to furnish a copy of the certified transcript of the proceedings to the new assigned counsel;  and it is further,

ORDERED that new counsel shall serve and file a brief on behalf of the appellant within 90 days of the date of this decision and order on motion and the People shall serve and file their brief within 120 days of the date of this decision and order on motion;  by prior decision and order on motion of this Court, the defendant was granted leave to prosecute the appeal on the original papers (including the certified transcript of the proceedings) and on the briefs of the parties, who were directed to file nine copies of their respective briefs and to serve one copy on each other.

Upon this Court's independent review of the record, we conclude that nonfrivolous issues exist, including, but not limited to, whether the verdict was against the weight of evidence (see CPL 470.15[5];  People v. Danielson, 9 NY3d 342;  People v. Mateo, 2 NY3d 383, 410, cert denied 542 U.S. 946;  People v. Bleakley, 69 N.Y.2d 490, 495).

Accordingly, assignment of new counsel is warranted (see People v. Stokes, 95 N.Y.2d 633, 638;  People v. Vasquez, 70 N.Y.2d 1).



James Edward Pelzer

Clerk of the Court

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