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Criminal Law Supreme Court Opinion

by Townsend, Karen


SC20446 - State v. Patel (Murder; home invasion; burglary in the first degree; robbery in the first degree as an accessory; conspiracy to commit burglary in the first degree; “The defendant’s principal challenge relates to the admission into evidence of a codefendant’s recorded dual inculpatory statement to a fellow inmate acting at the behest of the state police. The defendant contends that the Appellate Court incorrectly concluded that the statement was nontestimonial and, therefore, did not implicate the defendant’s confrontation rights under either the United States constitution or the Connecticut constitution, and that the trial court properly admitted it under the hearsay exception for statements against penal interest. We disagree with the defendant’s claims and affirm the Appellate Court’s judgment.”)