In People v Wynn (2008 NY Slip Op 07432 [10/3/08]) the certificate had the wrong predicate status.
In People v Switzer (2008 NY Slip Op 07452 [10/3/08]) the certificate of conviction provided
that a term of imprisonment of 1½ to 4½ years was imposed on that count, which is a legal sentence, but the sentencing minutes establish that the court imposed a term of imprisonment of 1½ to 4 years, which is an illegal sentence.The certificate also incorrectly stated that the conviction followed a jury trial. The case was remanded for re-sentencing.
In People v Sweney (2008 NY Slip Op 07393 [4th Dept]) the certificate named the wrong judge.
In People v Mosley (2008 NY Slip Op 07423 [10/3/08]) the certificate incorrectly listed the consecutive sentences imposed.
In both People v Martin (2008 NY Slip Op 07281 [10/3/08]) and People v Dickerson(2008 NY Slip Op 07310 [10/3/08]) the certificate inaccurately reflected the length of the sentence imposed.
Finally, in People v Bassett (2008 NY Slip Op 07729 [10/3/08]) the certificate listed a higher level offense than that for which the defendant had been convicted.
It is clear that the Court pays attention to certificates of conviction. Counsel should do no less.