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SECTION 270.55
Sentencing jury in capital cases
Criminal Procedure (CPL) CHAPTER 11-A, PART 2, TITLE J, ARTICLE 270
§ 270.55 Sentencing jury in capital cases.

During the period extending from when a jury returns a verdict of
guilty upon a count of an indictment charging murder in the first degree
as defined by section 125.27 of the penal law until a jury retires to
deliberate on the sentence pursuant to section 400.27, the court may in
its discretion either permit the jurors to separate during recesses and
adjournments or direct that they be continuously kept together during
such periods under the supervision of an appropriate public servant or
servants. In the latter case, such public servant or servants may not
speak to or communicate with any juror concerning any subject connected
with the sentencing proceeding nor permit any other person to do so, and
must return the jury to the court room at the next designated session.
Unless otherwise provided for in section 400.27, the provisions of
sections 270.35, 270.40 and 270.50 shall govern the sentencing
proceeding provided for in section 400.27.