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Criminal Law Appellate Court Opinions

by Townsend, Karen


AC44149 - State v. Billings (“On appeal, the defendant claims that (1) the court abused its discretion by admitting into evidence social media posts and messages that the state failed to properly authenticate, (2) the state committed prosecutorial impropriety by failing to comply with certain discovery requirements and by making improper statements during its closing arguments, (3) the court abused its discretion when it declined to sanction the state for violating a court order regarding discovery, and (4) the evidence was insufficient to sustain his convictions for stalking and harassment because they were predicated on speech protected by the first amendment. Because we agree with the defendant with respect to his first amendment claim, we reverse the judgment of conviction of harassment in the second degree and stalking in the second degree. The judgment is affirmed in all other respects.”)

AC43024 - State v. Sumler (“Having considered the new rule governing the admissibility of opinion testimony identifying an individual in surveillance videos or photographs set forth in Bruny and Gore, we conclude that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by admitting testimony from the defendant’s former probation officer with respect to the identity of the defendant in a still photograph and video surveillance footage. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.”)