People v. Curtis

CourtNew York Criminal Court
Citation764 N.Y.S.2d 590,196 Misc.2d 1001
Decision Date26 August 2003
PartiesTHE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Plaintiff,<BR>v.<BR>JOHN CURTIS, Defendant.

196 Misc.2d 1001
764 N.Y.S.2d 590

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Plaintiff,
v.
JOHN CURTIS, Defendant.

August 26, 2003.


Legal Aid Society, New York City (Peter Barta of counsel), for defendant.

Robert M. Morgenthau, District Attorney, New York City (Vera Varshavsky of counsel), for plaintiff.

OPINION OF THE COURT

GERALD HARRIS, J.

The defendant, John Curtis, is charged with two counts of assault in the third degree, attempted assault in the third degree, and harassment in the second degree. He moves to dismiss the complaint for denial of his right to a speedy trial under CPL 30.30.

The People are required, in this class A misdemeanor case, to announce their readiness for trial within 90 days of the commencement of the action. (CPL 30.30 [1] [b].) This case was commenced on January 19, 2003. To date, the People have

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made no announcement of their readiness for trial, a period encompassing 164 days as of July 2, 2003, when decision on this motion was reserved. The court must determine whether the excludable time reduces the chargeable period to less than 90 days. Since the defendant has alleged a delay beyond the permissible time, the People have the burden of demonstrating that recognized exclusions reduce the chargeable time to less than 90 days. (People v Santos, 68 NY2d 859 [1986]; People v Berkowitz, 50 NY2d 333 [1980].)

The focus of the inquiry is the 55-day period between April 15, 2003 and June 9, 2003, the adjournment granted for trial after conclusion of initial motion practice.

Although CPL 30.30 contains no explicit guidance, the Appellate Division has determined that the People are entitled to a reasonable adjournment to prepare for hearing or trial following a decision on a motion. (See People v Douglas, 156 AD2d 173 [1st Dept 1989]; People v Green, 90 AD2d 705 [1st Dept 1982].)

The defendant, with considerable decisional support, argues that the exclusion for such an adjournment should be limited to those instances where the underlying motion seeks relief which is either potentially dispositive of the case (such as a motion to dismiss) or requires a hearing to resolve disputed factual issues (such as a motion to suppress). (See, People v Wyche, NYLJ, Apr. 13, 2001, at 19, col 2 [Crim Ct, Kings County]; People v Liu, NYLJ, Mar. 12, 1996, at 27, col 1 [Crim Ct, NY County]; People v Jaswinder, 165 Misc 2d 371 [Crim Ct, NY County 1995]; People v Burnett, NYLJ, June 30, 1995, at 31, col 6 [Crim Ct, NY County]; ...

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4 practice notes
  • People v. Van De Cruze, No. 2011KN002204.
    • United States
    • New York Criminal Court
    • June 18, 2012
    ...Reporting (VTL § 600[1][a] ). Such an announcement tolls the speedy trial clock on a converted accusatory instrument. People v. Curtis, 196 Misc.2d 1001 (Crim. Ct, New York County 2003); People v. Stirrup, 91 N.Y.2d 434 (1998); People v. Douglas, 264 A.D.2d 671 (1st Dept, 1999). The case wa......
  • People v. Fuller–Gist
    • United States
    • New York Criminal Court
    • November 28, 2012
    ...the People's on-the-record statement of readiness tolled the speedy trial clock as to those charges. [38 Misc.3d 695]People v. Curtis, 196 Misc.2d 1001, 764 N.Y.S.2d 590 (Crim. Ct., New York County 2003); People v. Stirrup, 91 N.Y.2d 434, 671 N.Y.S.2d 433, 694 N.E.2d 434 (1998); People v. D......
  • People v. Odjody, No. 2011KN031919.
    • United States
    • New York Criminal Court
    • May 8, 2012
    ...2011, in an effort to fully convert the complaint and toll the speedy trial clock 4 days into the adjournment period. People v. Curtis, 196 Misc.2d 1001, 764 N.Y.S.2d 590 (Crim. Ct, New York County 2003); People v. Stirrup, 91 N.Y.2d 434, 671 N.Y.S.2d 433, 694 N.E.2d 434 (1998); People v. D......
  • People v. Simons, 2007 NY Slip Op 50425(U) (N.Y. Crim. Ct. 3/8/2007), 2006NY035915.
    • United States
    • New York Criminal Court
    • March 8, 2007
    ...an accident when no hearings were ordered and charging the People with the remaining twenty-one days of the period]; People v. Curtis, 196 Misc 2d 1001 [Crim Ct. New York County 2003] [finding that two weeks of the adjournment period following the court's decision on defendant's discovery m......
4 cases
  • People v. Van De Cruze, No. 2011KN002204.
    • United States
    • New York Criminal Court
    • June 18, 2012
    ...Reporting (VTL § 600[1][a] ). Such an announcement tolls the speedy trial clock on a converted accusatory instrument. People v. Curtis, 196 Misc.2d 1001 (Crim. Ct, New York County 2003); People v. Stirrup, 91 N.Y.2d 434 (1998); People v. Douglas, 264 A.D.2d 671 (1st Dept, 1999). The case wa......
  • People v. Fuller–Gist
    • United States
    • New York Criminal Court
    • November 28, 2012
    ...the People's on-the-record statement of readiness tolled the speedy trial clock as to those charges. [38 Misc.3d 695]People v. Curtis, 196 Misc.2d 1001, 764 N.Y.S.2d 590 (Crim. Ct., New York County 2003); People v. Stirrup, 91 N.Y.2d 434, 671 N.Y.S.2d 433, 694 N.E.2d 434 (1998); People v. D......
  • People v. Odjody, No. 2011KN031919.
    • United States
    • New York Criminal Court
    • May 8, 2012
    ...2011, in an effort to fully convert the complaint and toll the speedy trial clock 4 days into the adjournment period. People v. Curtis, 196 Misc.2d 1001, 764 N.Y.S.2d 590 (Crim. Ct, New York County 2003); People v. Stirrup, 91 N.Y.2d 434, 671 N.Y.S.2d 433, 694 N.E.2d 434 (1998); People v. D......
  • People v. Simons, 2007 NY Slip Op 50425(U) (N.Y. Crim. Ct. 3/8/2007), 2006NY035915.
    • United States
    • New York Criminal Court
    • March 8, 2007
    ...an accident when no hearings were ordered and charging the People with the remaining twenty-one days of the period]; People v. Curtis, 196 Misc 2d 1001 [Crim Ct. New York County 2003] [finding that two weeks of the adjournment period following the court's decision on defendant's discovery m......

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