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In an Important Clarification of the Law, the Waivers of Appeal in Two of the Three Appeals Before the Court Were Declared Invalid Because the Defendant Was Given the Erroneous Impression That All Avenues of Appeal and Collateral Relief Are Cut off by the Waiver

The Court of Appeals, in a comprehensive opinion by Judge DiFiore, over several concurring and two dissenting opinions, determined that the waivers of appeal in two of the three appeals before the court were invalid. The opinion is an important clarification of the law. In a nutshell, a court should not give the defendant the impression that all appellate avenues, including the filing of a Notice of Appeal, collateral relief, and the availability of counsel, are cut off by the waiver of appeal. The court approved the Unified Court System’s Model Colloquy. People v. Thomas, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 08545, Ct App 11-26-19

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