The Second Department, annulling the determination, held that the evidence petitioner had made a threat was insufficient:
… [W]e agree with the petitioner that the determination that he was guilty of violating prison disciplinary rule 102.10 was not supported by substantial evidence. In reviewing a prison disciplinary determination, a court’s review of the factual findings is limited to ascertaining whether the determination is supported by substantial evidence (see CPLR 7803 …). Substantial evidence is “such relevant proof as a reasonable mind may accept as adequate to support a conclusion or ultimate fact” … .
Prison disciplinary rule 102.10 provides that “[a]n inmate shall not, under any circumstances, make any threat, spoken, in writing, or by gesture” (7 NYCRR 270.2[B][i]). Here, the misbehavior report and the hearing testimony merely demonstrated that the petitioner “became loud and argumentative” when he was denied permission to hold a certain event in his capacity as the president of a certain prison inmate organization. The evidence merely showed that the petitioner was upset, and the statement by the prison’s Deputy Superintendent of Programs that she felt “intimidated,” and that the petitioner “stared at [her] and in a threatening manner left the area,” without more, was insufficient to establish that the petitioner actually made a threat against her. Matter of Mays v Early, 2019 NY Slip Op 09004, Second Dept 12-18-19