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Criminal Law Supreme Court Slip Opinion

by Booth, George


SC20268 - State v. Hughes (Manslaughter; self-defense; juror misconduct; whether there was sufficient evidence to disprove defendant's claim of self defense; "Following a jury trial, the defendant, Dante Alexander Hughes, was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree with a firearm in violation of General Statutes § 53a-55a, after the jury found him not guilty of murder but rejected his claim of self-defense. In a subsequent trial to the court, the defendant was found guilty of criminal possession of a firearm in violation of General Statutes § 53a-217 in connection with the same incident. On appeal, the defendant claims that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to disprove, beyond a reasonable doubt, any of the elements of self-defense because the state failed to present affirmative evidence that discredited the defendant’s testimonial account of the incident. The defendant also claims that the trial court improperly denied his motion for a new trial on the ground of juror misconduct, specifically, a juror’s consultation of a dictionary definition of ‘‘manslaughter,’’ because the court applied an incorrect legal standard and misallocated the burden of proof. We affirm the judgment of conviction.")