The Slow Decline of 'People v. LaFontaine'
CPL 470.15(1) provides that intermediate appellate courts "may consider and determine any question of law or issue of fact involving error or defect in the criminal court proceedings which may have adversely affected the appellant." The Court of Appeals has the same restriction. See CPL 470.35(1). The interpretation of these provisions has important implications for the administration of the state's appellate courts, and is currently the subject of dispute.