A divided New York state Court of Appeals decided Tuesday that a trial court properly allowed an elderly man who was too ill to travel to the Bronx to testify via a two-way video conference hookup from California, against his alleged attacker.

Judiciary Law §2-b vests judges with the authority to use innovative procedures where “necessary to carry into effect the powers and jurisdiction possessed” by the courts, the 4-2 majority of the Court noted in People v. Wrotten, 199.

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