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1 NO.. 125 THE PEOPLE &C. EX REL. JOSE ORTIZ, APPELLANT, v. COMMISSIONER, NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.

93 N.Y.2d 959 (1999).
June 30, 1999

[99 NY Int. 0105]
Decided June 30, 1999

99 N.Y. Int. 0105.
June 30, 1999

[99 NY Int. 0105]
Decided June 30, 1999
This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the New York Reports.

MEMORANDUM:

The order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed, without costs.

On February 24 and March 8, 1995, relator was arraigned on two accusatory instruments containing numerous charges, someof which were corroborated by non–hearsay allegations. Each instrument included at least one uncorroborated charge. Relator instituted two habeas corpus petitions, seeking release pursuant to CPL 170.70 on the ground that the People failed to corroborate each and every charge within five days after his confinement. Supreme Court denied relator's petitions, concluding that because at least one count of each complaint was adequately supported, defendant need not be released. The Appellate Division affirmed, as do we.

CPL 170.70, which was "designed to assure that defendants are not held in custody for more than a brief period on the basis of hearsay allegations" (Preiser, Practice Commentaries, McKinney's Cons Laws of NY, Book 11A, CPL 170.70, at 116), requires, upon motion, release of a defendant detained for more than five days where "a misdemeanor complaint is pending * * * without any information having been filed." Here, each accusatory instrument satisfied the requirements of an information and from its inception could have been the basis for prosecution of a criminal action ( see, CPL 100.15; 100.40[1] [facial sufficiency of information "or a count thereof"] ). Thus, in each criminal proceeding, relator was not improperly held solely on the basis of hearsay allegations.

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Order affirmed, without costs, in a memorandum. Chief Judge Kaye and Judges Bellacosa, Smith, Levine, Ciparick, Wesley and Rosenblatt concur.

Decided June 30, 1999