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Criminal Law Supreme Court Opinion

by Booth, George


SC19387 - State v. Ruocco (Burglary third degree; larceny third degree;"After a jury found the defendant, Dustin Ruocco, guilty of burglary in the third degree and larceny in the third degree, the Appellate Court reversed his conviction upon concluding that it was plain error for the trial court not to instruct the jury, as mandated by General Statutes ยง 54-84 (b), that it may draw no unfavorable inferences from the defendant's failure to testify. State v. Ruocco, 151 Conn. App. 732, 744, 754, 95 A.3d 573 (2014). We granted the state's petition for certification to appeal, limited to the issue of whether the Appellate Court properly reversed the defendant's conviction under the plain error doctrine. State v. Ruocco, 314 Conn. 923, 100 A.3d 854 (2014). We affirm the judgment of the Appellate Court.")