Presumption Of…

April 11, 2014

  • 110 Criminal Law
  • 110XXXI Counsel
  • 110XXXI(F) Arguments and Statements by Counsel
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110 Criminal LawProsecutor’s use during closing argument of multiple slides showing defendant’s photograph with a large red “GUILTY” superimposed over his face violated defendant’s constitutional right to a fair trial on charges of felony harassment and patronizing a prostitute; those images served no legitimate purpose and created the substantial likelihood of a verdict improperly based on passion and prejudice, considering that both charges required jury to assess defendant’s credibility and weigh it against that of state witnesses.

State v. Hecht, 2014 WL 627852 (Wash. App. Div.)

Suggested by Kara Boucher, Principal Attorney Editor; Thomson Reuters; Eagan, Minn.