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Criminal Law Supreme Court Opinion

by Townsend, Karen


SC20368 - State v. Gray (Felony murder; attempt to commit robbery first degree; conspiracy to commit robbery first degree; carrying pistol without permit; whether the detention of witnesses for trial constitutes coercion; “On appeal, the defendant claims that the trial court (1) violated his federal due process rights by detaining three eyewitnesses to secure their attendance at trial because those detentions resulted in coerced and involuntary testimony in the state’s favor, and (2) abused its discretion by permitting the prosecutor to read both inconsistent and consistent passages from the witnesses’ grand jury transcripts to the jury for substantive purposes pursuant to State v. Whelan, 200 Conn. 743, 753, 513 A.2d 86, cert. denied, 479 U.S. 994, 107 S. Ct. 597, 93 L. Ed. 2d 598 (1986). We conclude that (1) with respect to the defendant’s first claim, which is unpreserved, he has not established a due process violation under the third prong of State v. Golding, 213 Conn. 233, 239–40, 567 A.2d 823 (1989), as modified by In re Yasiel R. 317 Conn. 773, 781, 120 A.3d 1188 (2015), and (2) the trial court’s Whelan ruling was not an abuse of its discretion. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.”)