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Criminal Law Slip Opinion

by Townsend, Karen


SC20164 - State v. Juan A. G.-P. (“On appeal, the defendant claims that the trial court violated his right to confrontation under the sixth amendment to the United States constitution by not ordering disclosure of the victims’ psychiatric records to the defense. The defendant asks this court to conduct an independent review of those records to determine whether they contain exculpatory or relevant impeachment material. The defendant further claims that the trial court violated his confrontation rights by preventing him from questioning the victims’ mothers about their U visa applications. Lastly, the defendant raises two unpreserved claims of instructional error. Specifically, he claims that the trial court improperly (1) instructed the jury that, if the evidence was subject to two different interpretations, the jury was ‘‘not required to accept the interpretation consistent with innocence,’’ and (2) failed to instruct the jury, in accordance with instruction 2.6-11 of Connecticut’s model criminal jury instructions, that it must consider each count separately and that a verdict reached on one count does not control the verdict on any other count.”)