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People v. Beckett – Case Brief Summary (New York)

In People v. Beckett, 44 Misc 3d 560, 987 N.Y.S.2d 576 (Crim Ct, Bronx County 2014), the court, in dismissing the action on speedy trial grounds, held that the People's statement of readiness was illusory and ineffective because the People did not have proof that the substances recovered from the defendant were a controlled substance and marijuana until after the filing of a laboratory report.

The court further found that "the People could not have been ready to satisfy their burden of proof and establish all elements of the charges at the time they stated ready in either case." Id. at 580.