People v. Meadow

CourtNew York Town Court
Citation101 Misc.2d 203,420 N.Y.S.2d 864
Decision Date10 October 1979
PartiesThe PEOPLE of the State of New York v. David MEADOW, Pamela Abrams, Bridget Trenkle, Craig Heinke, Hilda Speicher, Lori Lovoi, Lawrence Pruyne, Joseph Rollins, Sharon Cohen, Catherine Gillman, Aaron Morrill and Robert Sundgrund.

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420 N.Y.S.2d 864
101 Misc.2d 203
The PEOPLE of the State of New York
v.
David MEADOW, Pamela Abrams, Bridget Trenkle, Craig Heinke,
Hilda Speicher, Lori Lovoi, Lawrence Pruyne,
Joseph Rollins, Sharon Cohen, Catherine
Gillman, Aaron Morrill and
Robert Sundgrund.
Town Court, Town of Harrison, Westchester County.
Oct. 10, 1979.

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Carl A. Bergari, Dist. Atty., Russell T. Seeman, Asst. Dist. Atty., White Plains, for plaintiff.

Stephen T. Rogowsky, Port Chester, for defendants.

OPINION OF THE COURT

WILLIAM R. JOHNSTON, Town Justice.

Defendants move by way of an omnibus motion for an order:

1. Dismissing the information pursuant to CPL 170.30(1)(a), (f), (g), and;

2. Granting discovery to the defendants pursuant to CPL 340.30, and;

3. Directing the District Attorney to file a Bill of Particulars pursuant to CPL 100.45, and;

4. For such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper.

Defendants motion to dismiss the information is denied. Defendants motion for discovery and inspection is granted as to the item requested in paragraph 8(a) and (b) and denied as to paragraph 8(c). Defendants motion for a Bill of Particulars is granted as to all the particulars requested in paragraph 10.

The Court is denying defendants motion to dismiss because upon reviewing all the papers and documents submitted in the motion it disagrees with defendants premise set forth at page 8 of defendants memorandum of law that "The authority of the chief administrative officer (or his designee), to order students to leave a university building, does not amount to a "lawful order" as defined in Penal Law Sec. 140.00(5). Section 140.00 subdivision 5 of the Penal Law provides that a person to be guilty of Section 140.00 must defy a "lawful order" not to enter or remain, personally communicated to him by the owner of such premises or other authorized person. Defendants argue that the chief administrative officer, (or his designee), were neither the "owner" nor such authorized person and that therefore they had no right to lawfully order the Defendants "not to enter or remain."

Defendants argument is based on the rules and regulations promulgated by the Trustees of the University pursuant to Section 6450 of the Education Law which Rules and Regulations are found in 8 NY CRR 535 et seq., and especially 8 NY CRR 535.6(a)(b).

Section 535.6(a)(b) captioned Procedure sets forth the procedures to be taken in the event of a violation of Section...

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2 practice notes
  • People v. Leonard
    • United States
    • United States Court of Appeals (New York)
    • June 14, 1984
    ...broad power and great flexibility in maintaining order and securing the safety of others on the school campus (see People v. Meadow, 101 Misc.2d 203, 420 N.Y.S.2d 864), that power is not absolute. The power to exclude does not sanction orders based "directly or indirectly" on "the race, cre......
  • People v. Szychulda
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court — Appellate Term
    • January 19, 1982
    ...of the lack of any alternative sanctions for the court to impose. The dismissal was also proper under CPL 170.40. In People v. Trenkle, 101 Misc.2d 203, 420 N.Y.S.2d 864 (1981) the court stated that a court has the right sua sponte to dismiss an information in the interest of justice but ca......
2 cases
  • People v. Leonard
    • United States
    • United States Court of Appeals (New York)
    • June 14, 1984
    ...broad power and great flexibility in maintaining order and securing the safety of others on the school campus (see People v. Meadow, 101 Misc.2d 203, 420 N.Y.S.2d 864), that power is not absolute. The power to exclude does not sanction orders based "directly or indirectly" on "the race, cre......
  • People v. Szychulda
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court — Appellate Term
    • January 19, 1982
    ...of the lack of any alternative sanctions for the court to impose. The dismissal was also proper under CPL 170.40. In People v. Trenkle, 101 Misc.2d 203, 420 N.Y.S.2d 864 (1981) the court stated that a court has the right sua sponte to dismiss an information in the interest of justice but ca......

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