The Fourth Department, reversing defendant’s assault convictions and dismissing the indictment, determined the evidence of recklessness was legally insufficient. Although the issue was not preserved by the motion for a trial order of dismissal, the appeal was heard in the interest of justice. The facts were not described:
Defendant failed to preserve that contention for our review, however, “because [her] motion for a trial order of dismissal was not specifically directed at the ground advanced on appeal’ ” … . We nevertheless exercise our power to review her challenge as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice (see CPL 470.15  [a]).
We agree with defendant that the conviction of both counts of assault in the third degree is not supported by legally sufficient evidence … . The evidence submitted by the People is insufficient to establish that defendant acted recklessly, “i.e., that [s]he perceived a substantial and unjustifiable risk of [injury] and that [her] conscious disregard of that risk constituted a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in that situation” … . People v Romeiser, 2020 NY Slip Op 04054, Fourth Dept 7-17-20