The First Department, reversing defendant’s conviction, determined the judge should have allowed the defendant to explain the reason he was requesting new counsel:
Defendant is entitled to a new trial because the court denied his request for new counsel without making any inquiry, and without giving defendant any opportunity to explain the basis for his request (see People v McCummings, 124 AD3d 502, 502-03 [1st Dept 2015]; People v Rodriguez, 46 AD3d 396 [1st Dept 2007], lv denied 10 NY3d 844 ). People v Resheroop, 2022 NY Slip Op 05606, First Dept 10-6-22
Practice Point: Here the defendant asked for new counsel and the judge denied the request without asking for its basis. The appellate court reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial.