Split Appellate Panel Affirms Bribery Conviction Involving Molineux Challenge
May 14, 2014
A split Appellate Division panel affirmed the defendant’s conviction of bribing a witness, finding that evidence of another witness’s murder was properly introduced by the People at trial. The majority found that evidence of the other murder was relevant background to the charged offenses and was not unduly prejudicial.
In ten-page dissent, Justice Miller reasoned that this evidence was not admissible and was extremely prejudicial. The bribery case descended into a “trial within a trial” about the murder itself and the jury was invited to speculate about the defendant’s involvement.
Warren Landau briefed and argued the case. Mark Vorkink plans to file a request for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeals.
New York Law Journal article: "Witness Bribery Conviction Upheld by Split Panel"