PEOPLE v. ISAACS

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The PEOPLE, etc., appellant, v. Kareem ISAACS, respondent.

Decided: December 26, 2012

MARK C. DILLON, J.P., RUTH C. BALKIN, CHERYL E. CHAMBERS, and ROBERT J. MILLER, JJ. Richard A. Brown, District Attorney, Kew Gardens, N.Y. (Gary Fidel and Edward D. Saslaw of counsel), for appellant. Barry S. Turner, New York, N.Y., for respondent.

Appeal by the People, as limited by their brief, from so much of an order of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Latella, J.), dated April 14, 2011, as granted those branches of the defendant's omnibus motion which were to suppress physical evidence and a statement made by the defendant to law enforcement officials.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from.

The defendant's affidavit, in which he stated that he lived in an apartment with his fiancee, established that the defendant had a legitimate expectation of privacy in the apartment and, thus, had standing to challenge the search of the apartment and the seizure of a gun (see Minnesota v. Carter, 525 U.S. 83, 88–89; People v. Adams, 244 A.D.2d 897, 898). Moreover, in light of the hearing court's particular credibility findings as to the People's witnesses, which we find are supported by the record, the court properly granted that branch of the defendant's omnibus motion which was to suppress the gun that was found in his girlfriend's purse. Given the attendant circumstances, the search of the purse was outside the scope of the protective sweep permitted in executing the bench warrant that was the basis for the defendant's arrest (see Maryland v. Buie, 494 U.S. 325, 334–335; People v. Hernandez, 218 A.D.2d 167; United States v. Gandia, 424 F3d 255, 261–262, cert denied 555 U.S. 930; cf. People v. Eddo, 55 AD3d 922, 923). Additionally, the hearing court correctly granted that branch of the defendant's omnibus motion which was to suppress his statement regarding his ownership of the gun, as that statement was fruit of the poisonous tree (see People v. Holmes, 89 AD3d 1491, 1492).

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