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Criminal Law Supreme Court Slip Opinion

by Booth, George


SC20427 - State v. Ward (Manslaughter; Assault; Whether trial court lacked jurisdiction over motion to correct illegal sentence because defendant failed to set forth colorable claim that he was incompetent at time of sentencing; "The defendant, Jeffrey K. Ward, appeals from the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the trial court's dismissal of his motion to correct a sentence imposed in an illegal manner. Specifically, he claims that the Appellate Court incorrectly concluded that the trial court lacked subject matter jurisdiction to correct his sentence because he failed to allege a colorable claim within the scope of Practice Book ยง 43-22. We agree and, accordingly, reverse the judgment of the Appellate Court.")