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Criminal Law Appellate Court Opinions

by Booth, George

 

AC42914 - State v. Wilson ("The defendant, Bryant Wilson, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of murder in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54a (a) and carrying a pistol without a permit in violation of General Statutes § 29-35 (a). On appeal, the defendant claims that (1) the trial court's investigative inadequacy jury instruction deprived him of his right to present a defense, and (2) the trial court erred in admitting uncharged misconduct evidence. We reverse the judgment of conviction.")

AC42509 - State v. Reed ("The defendant, Doraine Reed, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered following a jury trial, of larceny in the first degree in violation of General Statutes §§ 53a-119 and 53a-122 (a) (2), attempt to commit larceny in the first degree in violation of General Statutes §§ 53a-49 (a) (2), 53a-119, and 53a-122 (a) (3), larceny in the second degree in violation of General Statutes §§ 53a-119 (1) and (2) and 53a-123 (a) (5), and conspiracy to commit larceny in the first degree in violation of General Statutes §§ 53a-48, 53a-119, and 53a-122 (a) (2). On appeal, the defendant raises two claims of instructional error. First, the defendant asserts that the trial court failed to instruct the jury that the specific intent requirement for any taking or appropriation of property in the charge of larceny must also apply to the "wrongfulness" element of the offense. The defendant also claims that the court improperly instructed the jury regarding the victim's possible mental incapacity and his ability to consent to the transfer of his property to the defendant. We affirm the judgment of the trial court. ")