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Client's Conviction Reversed, Accusatory Instrument Dismissed


On November 14, 2016, the Appellate Term, First Department, reversed CAL client R.S.’s conviction. As the District Attorney conceded, the plea record in the case lacked the “requisite ‘affirmative showing’ that defendant understood and waived his Boykin[ v. Alabama] rights”. In addition, the court dismissed the accusatory instrument as the “appropriate corrective action”. R.S. was represented by Kate Skolnick.