People v. Segrue

Citation274 A.D.2d 671,710 N.Y.S.2d 466
CourtNew York Supreme Court Appellate Division
Decision Date13 July 2000

Crew III, J.P., Peters, Mugglin and Lahtinen, JJ., concur.

Rose, J.

Defendant was charged with two counts of promoting prostitution in the third degree based upon allegations that dancers employed at an adult entertainment establishment owned and operated by defendant were providing sexual services to customers in exchange for money. Following discovery and prior to the commencement of pretrial hearings, defense counsel notified County Court of a potential conflict of interest based upon his past and present representation of several of the dancers identified on the People's witness list. At the ensuing hearing on the issue of conflict of interest, it was disclosed that defense counsel briefly represented two of the dancers on prostitution charges stemming from their activities at defendant's establishment. It was further revealed that defense counsel currently represented one dancer in an unrelated matter, as well as several dancers and a corporation owned by defendant's codefendant in a pending Federal action arising from the enforcement of local ordinances prohibiting nude dancing. In addition, defense counsel represented several of the dancers in connection with their guilty pleas to criminal charges relating to their employment at defendant's establishment, and continued to represent them on their pending appeals from the judgments of conviction.

After considering and rejecting a number of suggested alternatives to resolving the apparent conflict, County Court advised the parties that defense counsel could proceed with his representation if defendant agreed to waive the conflict of interest with respect to the listed dancers, as well as any undisclosed potential witnesses with a past or present attorney-client relationship with defense counsel. Defendant refused to waive the conflict as to one of the named dancers and as to any undisclosed potential witnesses, at which point the court disqualified defense counsel and adjourned the matter to permit defendant to obtain substitute counsel.

Defendant ultimately retained substitute counsel who vigorously represented defendant throughout the ensuing proceedings and negotiated a plea bargain whereby defendant pleaded guilty to a single count of promoting prostitution in the third degree and waived his right to appeal in exchange for an agreed-upon prison term of 1 1/3 to 4 years. During the plea colloquy, County Court expressly warned defendant that it could impose the maximum sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years' imprisonment in the event that defendant breached the plea bargain condition which required him to close the establishment within a specified time period. It was later determined that defendant failed to comply with the plea bargain condition, at which point County Court sentenced defendant to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison. Defendant appeals.

The sole contention raised by defendant on this appeal is that the disqualification of his original defense counsel violated his...

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