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Criminal Law Supreme Court Opinion

by Townsend, Karen

 

SC20306 - State v. Torres (Whether trial court improperly excluded evidence of alleged altercation between witness and third parties at time of defendant's first trial; Whether alleged prosecutorial improprieties deprived defendant of fair trial; Whether trial court erred in excluding evidence of conduct underlying witness' misdemeanor convictions "The defendant, Quavon Torres, appeals from the judgment of the trial court convicting him of the crimes of murder in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54a (a) and carrying a pistol without a permit in violation of General Statutes § 29-35. The defendant's principal claim is that the trial court improperly excluded evidence of an assault of one of the state's witnesses, Tasia Milton. The defendant also claims that the trial court improperly prevented him from impeaching another state's witness, Teresa Jones, with evidence of certain previous criminal offenses. We disagree with both of these claims and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.")