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Criminal Law Supreme Court Slip Opinion

by Booth, George


SC20290 - State v. Courtney G. (Sexual assault in the first degree; Risk of injury to a minor; Whether trial court properly admitted evidence of victim's demeanor at family meeting; Whether defendant's right to a fair trial violated by prosecutorial impropriety during closing argument; Whether defendant's right to be present violated by state's invitation to jury to draw adverse inference of guilt based defendant's demeanor during trial; "Following a jury trial, the defendant, Courtney G., was convicted of two counts of sexual assault in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-70 (a) (1) and two counts of risk of injury to a child in violation of General Statutes § 53-21 (a) (2). On appeal, the defendant claims that (1) the trial court improperly admitted evidence of the victim's out-of-court demeanor, and (2) the prosecutor made improper remarks during closing argument and rebuttal in violation of his sixth amendment right to confrontation and his fourteenth amendment right to a fair trial. We affirm the judgment of conviction.")