People v. Castillo

Decision Date22 October 1991
PartiesPEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent, v. Juan CASTILLO, Defendant-Appellant.
CourtNew York Supreme Court — Appellate Division



Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Leslie Crocker Snyder, J., at hearing, plea and sentence), rendered September 8, 1989 convicting defendant upon his plea of guilty of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and imposing concurrent prison terms of from 4 years to life and one year, unanimously affirmed.

Pursuant to the execution of a search warrant of defendant's home, the police recovered over 8 pounds of cocaine, a loaded machine gun, two handguns and over 100 rounds of automatic ammunition hidden underneath the floorboards of his bedroom closet. Thereafter, the People moved for a protective order denying disclosure to the defense of the affidavit supporting the search warrant on the ground that this information might reveal the identity of the confidential informant and pose a safety risk to the individual's life. The court, applying procedure set forth in People v. Seychel, 136 Misc.2d 310, 518 N.Y.S.2d 754, examined the application for the search warrant, ex parte and in camera, and determined that it set forth probable cause for the search and was not perjurious on its face. The court also conducted an in camera review of the testimony in support of the search warrant and concluded that the informant's life or future investigations would be jeopardized by disclosures of the materials sought by the defense. The court then determined that the warrant could not be turned over to the defense in redacted form. Finally, the court held a Darden-type inquiry hearing ex parte and in camera where the credibility of the affiant was established, and where the defense claim that the warrant was tainted by a prior illegal entry into his apartment was dispelled. We find that the court's in camera and ex parte review procedure and denial of defendant's discovery request of the search warrant affidavit was entirely proper under the instant circumstances. (See People v. Seychel, supra).

Contrary to the People's argument, the issue of whether the court's procedure in the handling of defendant's motion to suppress and request for discovery of the search warrant application, is preserved for appellate...

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  • People v. Castillo
    • United States
    • New York Court of Appeals Court of Appeals
    • December 22, 1992
    ...inquiry and on sufficient evidence, that there was no taint. We conclude, therefore, as did a unanimous Appellate Division, 176 A.D.2d 609, 575 N.Y.S.2d 49 that there is support in the record for the suppression court's findings and that under the circumstances the procedures it followed di......
  • People v. Goldman
    • United States
    • New York Court of Appeals Court of Appeals
    • October 22, 2020
    ...from that person strikes a proper balance between the defendant's rights and the competing interests of the State"]; People v. Castillo, 176 A.D.2d 609, 609, 575 N.Y.S.2d 49 [1st Dept. 1991], affd, 80 N.Y.2d 578, 592 N.Y.S.2d 945, 607 N.E.2d 1050 [1992] ["(T)he People moved for a protective......
  • People v. Serrano
    • United States
    • New York Court of Appeals Court of Appeals
    • March 25, 1999
    ... ... Darden, 34 N.Y.2d 177, 356 N.Y.S.2d 582, 313 N.E.2d 49), in which the confidential informant would have been produced before the court for in camera examination to demonstrate his actual existence and credibility. Defendant contends that People v. Castillo, 80 N.Y.2d 578, 592 N.Y.S.2d 945, 607 N.E.2d 1050, requires such a hearing in all cases where the court denies a defendant access to the search warrant and supporting affidavits. We disagree ...         While it is true that in Castillo, the informant was produced and questioned before ... ...
  • Gandarilla v. Artuz
    • United States
    • U.S. Court of Appeals — Second Circuit
    • February 26, 2003
    ...(cf., People v. Brown, 40 N.Y.2d 183, 386 N.Y.S.2d 359, 352 N.E.2d 545; People v. Vanderpool, 217 A.D.2d 716, 629 People v. Castillo, 176 A.D.2d 609, 575 N.Y.S.2d 49, affd 80 N.Y.2d 578, 584, 592 N.Y.S.2d 945, 607 N.E.2d People v. Gandarilla, 244 A.D.2d 500, 500-01, 665 N.Y.S.2d 905, 905-06......
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