Notable Decisions and Other News


Court of Appeals Orders New Trial in Gang Assault Case


Appellate Advocates client Assad Cedeno was convicted of first-degree gang assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a stabbing that took place in a subway station.  At trial, the People introduced a statement by a codefendant that “was not ‘effectively redacted so that the jury would not interpret its admissions as incriminating the nonconfessing defendant.’”  In reversing the conviction, the Court of Appeals noted that any juror “wondering” to whom the redactions referred “needed only lift his or her eyes” to counsel’s table, where appellant and two other co-defendants were sitting, to find “the obvious answer.”  Accordingly, the Court ordered a new trial

De Nice Powell briefed and argued the case in the Court of Appeals on behalf of Appellate Advocates.