The People, etc., respondent, v. Tysean Bell, appellant.

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

The People, etc., respondent, v. Tysean Bell, appellant.

2009–03833 (Ind.No. 5914/07)

Decided: July 19, 2011

DANIEL D. ANGIOLILLO, J.P. THOMAS A. DICKERSON L. PRISCILLA HALL SHERI S. ROMAN, JJ. Steven Banks, New York, N.Y. (Frances A. Gallagher and Andrew C. Fine of counsel), for appellant. Charles J. Hynes, District Attorney, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Leonard Joblove and Solomon Neubort of counsel), for respondent.

Argued—June 16, 2011


Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Mullen, J.), rendered March 23, 2009, convicting him of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence.   The appeal brings up for review the denial, after a hearing (Brennan, J.), of that branch of the defendant's omnibus motion which was to suppress his statements to law enforcement officials and identification testimony.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

The defendant's contention that the police failed to establish probable cause for his arrest on the ground that the arresting officers did not testify at the suppression hearing was improperly raised for the first time on the defendant's motion for leave to reargue his omnibus motion (see CPL 470.05[2];  People v. Cherry, 302 A.D.2d 472).   In any event, contrary to the defendant's contention, the testimony of the detective who investigated the case was sufficient to support the hearing court's determination that there was probable cause for his arrest.   Although the arresting officers did not testify, the hearing court properly inferred that they acted at the direction of the testifying detective, who had knowledge sufficient to establish probable cause (see People v. Ramirez–Portoreal, 88 N.Y.2d 99, 113–114;  People v. Rumble, 60 AD3d 791;  People v. Walker, 25 AD3d 504;  see also People v. Ketcham, 93 N.Y.2d 416, 421).

The defendant's challenge to the legal sufficiency of the evidence corroborating his confession, as required by CPL 60.50, is unpreserved for appellate review (see CPL 470.05[2];  People v. Monroe, 49 AD3d 900, 900–901).   In any event, the defendant's confession was sufficiently corroborated by independent evidence (see CPL 60.50;  People v. Booden, 69 N.Y.2d 185, 187–188).   The defendant's related contention that the trial court's failure to charge the jury in accordance with CPL 60.50 constituted reversible error is unpreserved for appellate review since the defendant never requested such a charge, and, in any event, any error was harmless (see CPL 470.05[2];  People v. Monroe, 49 AD3d at 901;  People v. Rutledge, 286 A.D.2d 962;  People v. Coombs, 184 A.D.2d 651, 652).

Moreover, in fulfilling our responsibility to conduct an independent review of the weight of the evidence (see CPL 470.15[5];  People v. Danielson, 9 NY3d 342), we nevertheless accord great deference to the jury's opportunity to view the witnesses, hear the testimony, and observe demeanor (see People v. Mateo, 2 NY3d 383, 410, cert denied 542 U.S. 946;  People v. Bleakley, 69 N.Y.2d 490, 495).   Upon reviewing the record here, we are satisfied that the verdict of guilt was not against the weight of the evidence (see People v. Romero, 7 NY3d 633).



Matthew G. Kiernan

Clerk of the Court

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