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Criminal Law Supreme Court Slip Opinion

by Booth, George


SC20559 - State v. Fisher (Criminal; Evidence; Whether evidence was sufficient for jury to find that defendant intended to cause serious physical injury to victim; Whether trial court properly refused to take judicial notice of victim's civil complaint and to allow defendant to cross-examine victim regarding amount sought; Whether trial court abused its discretion in allowing paramedic witness to testify regarding concussion symptoms; "The defendant, Melinda Chantea Fisher, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered following a jury trial, of two counts of assault in the second degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-60 (a) (1). The defendant claims that (1) there was insufficient evidence to sustain the jury’s verdict of guilty of assault in the second degree, (2) the trial court erred in denying the defendant’s request to cross-examine the victim more extensively regarding her civil action against the defendant, and (3) the trial court erred in allowing a paramedic, testifying as a fact witness, to testify regarding symptoms of a concussion. We disagree with each of these claims and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.")