IN RE: Leone Figueroa

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

IN RE: Leone Figueroa, petitioner, v. Kathleen Rice, etc., et al, respondents.


Decided: December 26, 2013

PETER B. SKELOS, J.P. MARK C. DILLON THOMAS A. DICKERSON LEONARD B. AUSTIN, JJ. Leone Figueroa, Mineola, N.Y., petitioner pro se. Kathleen M. Rice, sued herein as Kathleen Rice, District Attorney, Mineola, N.Y. (Robert A. Schwartz and Ames C. Grawert of counsel), respondent pro se. Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General, New York, N.Y. (Charles F. Sanders of counsel), for respondent David Ayres.


Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78, inter alia, in the nature of mandamus to compel the respondents to dismiss the indictment in an underlying criminal action entitled People v. Figueroa, pending in the Supreme Court, Nassau County, under Indictment No. 116/12, and application by the petitioner for poor person relief.

ORDERED that the application for poor person relief is granted to the extent that the

filing fee imposed by CPLR 8022(b) is waived, and the application is otherwise denied;  and it is further,

ADJUDGED that the petition is denied and the proceeding is dismissed on the merits,

without costs or disbursements.

The extraordinary remedy of mandamus will lie only to compel the performance of a ministerial act, and only where there exists a clear legal right to the relief sought (see Matter of Legal Aid Socy. of Sullivan County v Scheinman, 53 N.Y.2d 12, 16).

The petitioner has failed to demonstrate a clear legal right to the relief sought.



Aprilanne Agostino

Clerk of the Court

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