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Criminal Law Supreme and Appellate Court Opinions

by Townsend, Karen


SC20517 - State v. Hargett (“On appeal, the defendant claims that the Appellate Court incorrectly determined that the trial court had not (1) violated his sixth amendment right to present a defense by excluding from evidence (a) a statement purportedly made by an unknown female bystander and (b) an autopsy toxicology report, (2) violated his right to due process by declining to give a jury instruction on self-defense, and (3) abused its discretion by declining to sanction the state for its late disclosure of the murder weapon and related expert reports by excluding this evidence or dismissing the murder charge. We affirm the Appellate Court’s judgment but not without strongly cautioning the state regarding the late disclosure of evidence.”)

AC44024 - State v. Norris (Risk of injury to a child; breach of the peace in the second degree; assault in the third degree; interfering with an officer; “On appeal, the defendant claims that the court abused its discretion by (1) failing to conduct an adequate independent inquiry into the defendant’s competency to stand trial and order a competency hearing pursuant to General Statutes § 54-56d1 and (2) improperly granting the state’s motion for joinder for trial of the charge of interfering with an officer with the other charges the defendant faced. We affirm the judgments of the trial court.”)