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Criminal Law Supreme Court Opinion

by Townsend, Karen


SC20513 - State v. Council (Whether trial court properly precluded testimony of expert on cell phone location data; conviction of murder and criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; “At trial, defense counsel proffered testimony from an expert witness as to the defendant’s location during certain relevant times on the basis of cell phone carrier data. The trial court precluded the witness from testifying on the grounds that (1) the evidence was immaterial and irrelevant, (2) the witness did not articulate sufficient qualifications to provide expert opinion on the data, and (3) the testimony did not establish the reliability of the data. On appeal, the defendant contends that the trial court improperly excluded the testimony because the witness was qualified as an expert pursuant to § 7-2 of the Connecticut Code of Evidence. We dismiss the defendant’s appeal as moot because he has not challenged all of the trial court’s bases for its evidentiary ruling, and, therefore, this court cannot provide him practical relief.”)