Robert Logan Jr.

Title: COMMONWEALTH v. ROBERT S. LOGAN, JR.

Court: United States District Court, S.D. New York

Case Number: 22-P-624

Date: Jul 5, 2023

Fact:

Following a bench trial in the District Court, the defendant was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor. On appeal, the defendant contends that the Commonwealth presented insufficient identification evidence. We affirm.

Issue:

In determining whether the Commonwealth met its burden to establish each element of the offense charged, we apply the familiar Latimore standard. ‘[The] question is whether, after viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the [Commonwealth], any rational trier of fact could have found the essential elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

Conclusion:

Our conclusion also finds support in the reasonable inferences drawn from Scott’s testimony. This includes that the driver identified himself as Robert Logan at the scene of the accident, and Scott’s responses to questioning at trial about “the defendant” with answers detailing his response to the accident involving Robert Logan. See, e.g., Coates, 89 Mass.App.Ct. at 731-732.  Moreover, “[i]t is not necessary that any one witness should distinctly swear that the defendant was the man, if the result of all the testimony . . . should identify him as the offender” (citation omitted). Davila, 17 Mass.App.Ct. at 512.

Scott referred to Robert Logan as the “operator” of the sedan at the scene of the crash. Thereafter, Scott answered questions about Robert Logan as “the defendant.” From this, the fact finder reasonably could have inferred that the person in court was the same person at the scene of the accident. Robert Logan could only properly be referred to as “the defendant” once he had been charged and arraigned in court.

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