A state court has denied the appeal of a Canisteo man who was found guilty of multiple felony crimes in Steuben County in 2015.
Thomas Sharp was convicted of grand larceny, three counts of offering a false instrument for filing and welfare fraud. In response to the jury’s request for a read back of the “full testimony” of the only defense witness, the stenographer did not read the portions of the transcript in which the witness invoked her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. Sharp’s attorney said that was an error and the convictions should be tossed.
The Appellate court disagreed; saying Sharp was not “seriously prejudiced.”