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Guide to the
Justice Stephen G. Crane Papers
on the Bernhard Goetz Trial and Other Cases
1981–2000
 MS 3152

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Container List

Series II. Clipping and subject files, 1982–1991

Scope and Contents

Series II contains four distinct groups of material:

Non-Goetz clippings (Box 5, Folders 1–7)
People v. Goetz clippings (Box 5, Folders 8–47)
People v. Goetz correspondence (Box 6, Folders 1–10)
People v. Goetz subject files (Box 6, Folders 11–20, and Box 7, Folders 1–32)

Arrangement

Material is filed chronologically within each grouping described above.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 1–3 Clippings. General [3 folders]
1982–1991
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 4 Clippings. Cornell Alumni News & Cornell Law Forum

Scope and Contents

Biographical information on Stephen G. Crane.

1987, 1990
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 5 Clippings. Norman Mills

Scope and Contents

On July 8, 1988, in The People v. Norman Mills, Justice Crane acquitted Mills, 31, of the attempted murder of his mother on January 15, 1987, by reason of mental disease or defect. For details of the proceedings, see Crane's Supreme Court Trial Docket Book covering January 21, 1988 through March 15, 1989 (Box 2, Vol. V).

1988
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 6 Clippings. Ann Green

Scope and Contents

On September 23, 1988 a Manhattan jury cleared Ann Green, a former pediatric nurse, of charges she murdered two of her infants and attempted to kill a third. The jury found Green was not criminally responsible because of psychosis triggered by childbirth. Acting Justice Stephen Crane ordered Green to undergo psychiatric evaluation by state-designated doctors. She spent 37 days at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, Ward's Island, between March and April, 1989. For details of the proceedings, see Crane's Supreme Court Trial Docket Book covering January 21, 1988 through March 15, 1989 (Box 2, Vol. V).

1988–1989
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 7 Clippings. Lyndon LaRouche

Scope and Contents

For details of the fraud and conspiracy trial of four fundraisers working for one of the businesses of perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche (1922–2019), see Crane's Supreme Court Trial Docket Book covering March 14, 1989 through March 19, 1990 (Box 2, Vol. VI).

1989
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 8–47 People v. Goetz. Clippings [40 folders]
1985–1989
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 1–8 People v. Goetz. Correspondence [8 folders]

Scope and Contents

Includes letters from interested citizens offering their opinions to Judge Crane on his handling of the Goetz case. A number of the letters—both pro- and anti-Goetz—contain racist language. Note that additional correspondence may be found scattered throughout the People v. Goetz clippings (Box 5, Folders 8–47) and in the files of Series II following this one.

1985–1988
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 9–10 Matter of Goetz v. Crane [2 folders]
1985
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 11 People v. Goetz. Requests to Charge Goetz
1985 January – 1987 June
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 12 People v. Goetz. 190.75 resubmission

Scope and Contents

Concerns:

The Laws Of New York / Consolidated Laws / Criminal Procedure / Part 2: The Principal Proceedings / Title I: Preliminary Proceedings In Superior Court / Article 190: The Grand Jury And Its Proceedings / Section 190.75: Grand jury; dismissal of charge.

(See https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/CPL/190.75.)

1985 March – 1986 January
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 13 People v. Goetz. Opinion—2d Grand Jury
[1985 March]
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 14 People v. Goetz. Notice of Petition
1985 May 31
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 15 People v. Goetz. Motion to dismiss 2d Grand Jury
1985 October
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 16–17 People v. Goetz. Notice of Motion (Under Seal) [2 copies in 2 folders]
1985 October 14
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 18 People v. Goetz. (Motion) Indictment no. 476-1914/85
1985 October–November
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 19 People v. Goetz. Motion [Colloquy]
1985 November 25
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 20 People v. Goetz. Sealing order
1985–1986
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 1 People v. Goetz. Dismissal—Reversed
1986 January–November
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 2 People v. Goetz. Subpoena
1986 October–November
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 3 People v. Goetz. Justification reckless endangerment, Singer article
1986–1987 May
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 4 People v. Goetz. Motion to recuse ADA
1986 October – 1987 October
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 5 People v. Goetz. Voir dire [jury selection]
1986 December – 1987 April
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 6 People v. Goetz. Working file
1987
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 7 People v. Goetz. Range(?) interview prep
1987
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 8 People v. Goetz. Justification . . .
1987 February–June
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 9 People v. Goetz. Jury nullification
1987 March–April
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 10 People v. Goetz. Racial remarks / racial epithets
[1987 April]
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 11 People v. Goetz. Defense motion to allow criminal records as evidence in chief
1987 May
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 12 People v. Goetz. CPL 270.50 visit scene

Scope and Contents

Concerns:

The Laws Of New York / Consolidated Laws / Criminal Procedure / Part 2: The Principal Proceedings / Title J: Prosecution Of Indictments In Superior Courts--Plea To Sentence / Article 270: Jury Trial--Formation And Conduct Of Jury / Section 270.50: Trial jury; viewing of premises.

(See https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/CPL/270.50.)

1987 May
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 13 People v. Goetz. Psych & NY Post
1987 May
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 14 People v. Goetz. Ramseur contempt
1987 May
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 15 People v. Goetz. Renewal: Dismissal Garth Reid
1987 May
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 16 People v. Goetz. 5th Amendment on cross x assertion before jury (see also missing witness [file])
1987 May–June
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 17 People v. Goetz. Trial order of dismissal
1987 May–June
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 18 People v. Goetz. Missing witness
[1987 June]
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 19 People v. Goetz. Proportionality under 35.15

Scope and Contents

Concerns:

The Laws Of New York / Consolidated Laws / Penal / Part 1: General Provisions / Title C: Defenses / Article 35: Defense Of Justification / Section 35.15: Justification; use of physical force in defense of a person.

(See https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/PEN/35.15.)

1987 June
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 20 People v. Goetz. Charge
1987 June
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 21 People v. Goetz. Re-open case after resting
[1987 June?]
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 22 People v. Goetz. Unduly harsh
[1987 August?]
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 23 People v. Goetz. Sentencing
1987 August–October
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 24 People v. Goetz. Recusal motion (before sentence application)
1987 October
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 25 People v. Goetz. Sentencing remarks & decision
1987 October
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 26 People v. Goetz. Motion to unseal DA's sent. [sentencing?] memo
1987, 1990
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 27 People v. Goetz. Post sentencing
1987–1988
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 28 People v. Goetz. Re-sentencing remarks
1988–1989
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 29 People v. Goetz. Conditional release
1989
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 30 People v. Goetz. Bus. records . . .
undated
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 31 People v. Goetz. Lie detector
undated
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 32 People v. Goetz. Excited utterance
undated

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