Thursday, April 24, 2008

Appellate Court Rejects Challenge To Religious References By Prosecutor

In State of Connecticut v. Johnson, (App. Ct. CT., April 22, 2008), a Connecticut state appellate court majority opinion rejected a convicted defendant's objections to religious references made by the prosecutor during closing argument at his trial. The references related to the religious piety of the complaining witness and her parents in the sexual assault case. Judge Berdon concurring in the result said that the remarks were improper, but defendant had failed to object to them at trial.