Kara M. Cormier
, a litigator in Edwards Wildman Palmer’s New York Office, successfully opposed a criminal appeal filed by a defendant who was attempting to overturn his conviction for robbery in the third degree and grand larceny in the fourth degree. On appeal, the defendant argued that the conviction should be overturned because it was against the weight of the evidence and he lacked effective assistance of counsel at trial. He also argued for a sentence reduction claiming that his 7-year sentence was excessive because the victim was not seriously injured when he threw her to the ground during the attack. The Appellate Division, Second Department, rejected all defense arguments and upheld the conviction and sentence after oral argument. The criminal defendant will continue to serve the remainder of his 7-year sentence. Typically, these appeals are defended by the District Attorney’s Office. However, in this instance, District Attorney Kathleen Rice appointed Cormier as Assistant District Attorney serving in a pro-bono capacity on behalf of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.