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Criminal Law Supreme Court Opinion

by Townsend, Karen


SC20316 - State v. Alexander (Conviction of felony murder, attempt to commit robbery in the first degree, conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree, carrying a pistol without a permit ; “After the defendant was found guilty, but before sentencing, this court decided State v. Purcell, 331 Conn. 318, 203 A.3d 542 (2019), which held, under our state constitution, that ‘if a suspect makes an equivocal statement that arguably can be construed as a request for counsel, interrogation must cease except for narrow questions designed to clarify the earlier statement and the suspect’s desire for counsel.’ (Internal quotation marks omitted.) Id., 362. The defendant sought a new trial based on our holding in Purcell, on the ground that the state’s evidence at trial had included a video recorded statement in which the defendant had made an equivocal request for counsel. The trial court agreed with the defendant’s Purcell claim but, with the exception of a single count of conviction, concluded that the error was harmless. We affirm the judgment.”)