People v. Carl Watson


AD2 order dated May 17, 2011, affirming judgment of conviction. Decision below: 84 AD3d 1126, 923 NYS2d 219. Lippman, Ch.J., granted leave December 30, 2011.

ISSUE PRESENTED: Whether, in a justification defense case, the trial judge properly excluded evidence of the homicide victim’s prior specific criminal acts of violence as to the issue of who was the initial aggressor, on the ground that the defendant had not known about those acts at the time of the incident in question. (Assigned counsel: Kate Levine & Lynn W.L. Fahey, Appellate Advocates, 2 Rector Street, 10th Floor, NYC 10006.)