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Criminal Law Appellate Court Opinions

by Mazur, Catherine

 

AC39844 - State v. Daniel W. ("The defendant, Daniel W., appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of six counts of risk of injury to a child in violation of General Statutes § 53-21 (a) (2); five counts of sexual assault in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-70 (a) (2); one count of attempt to commit sexual assault in the first degree in violation of General Statutes §§ 53a-70 (a) (2) and 53a-49; one count of sexual assault in the fourth degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-73a (a) (1) (A); one count of risk of injury to a child in violation of General Statutes § 53-21 (a) (1); one count of conspiracy to commit risk of injury to a child in violation of General Statutes §§ 53-21 (a) (2) and 53a-48; and one count of attempt to commit risk of injury to a child in violation of General Statutes §§ 53-21 (a) (2) and 53a-49. On appeal, the defendant claims that (1) the trial court improperly admitted evidence of his prior misconduct; (2) the trial court improperly allowed a constancy of accusation witness to testify as an expert regarding delayed disclosure; and (3) the prosecutor committed improprieties that deprived the defendant of his right to a fair trial. We disagree and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.")

AC39400 - State v. Lima ("The defendant, Evandro M. Lima, appeals from the judgment of the trial court denying his motion to vacate his conviction following his guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit larceny in the sixth degree in violation of General Statutes §§ 53a-48 and 53a-125b. The defendant claims that the trial court abused its discretion in denying his motion because, under General Statutes § 54-1j, the court was required but failed to ask the defendant whether he understood the possible immigration consequences of pleading guilty before accepting his plea. We agree with the defendant and reverse the judgment of the trial court.")

AC39808 - State v. Moore ("The defendant, Jerome F. Moore, appeals from the judgment of the trial court denying his motion to correct an illegal sentence. On appeal, the defendant claims that the court incorrectly concluded that (1) the 2015 amendment to General Statutes § 21a-279 (a), which the legislature passed during a special session in June, 2015; see Public Acts, Spec. Sess., June, 2015, No. 15-2, § 1; does not apply retroactively to his sentence, and (2) his five year sentence does not violate the eighth amendment to the United States constitution or article first, §§ 8 and 9, of the Connecticut constitution. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.")