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Criminal Law Supreme Court Opinion

by Agati, Taryn

 

SC20348 - State v. Ortiz ("The defendant, Rafael Ortiz, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered following a jury trial, of murder in violation of General Statutes ยง 53a-54a (a). The defendant claims that (1) prosecutorial impropriety deprived him of his right to a fair trial, (2) the trial court committed evidentiary and constitutional error by precluding defense counsel from using certain prior felony convictions to impeach two of the state's witnesses, and (3) the trial court erred in its charge to the jury. We disagree with each of these claims and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.")