State v. Brelsford

In State v. Brelsford, 24 Conn. App. 287, 587 A.2d 1062 (1991), the defendant testified that his treating physician had told him what would happen if he failed to take medication and, as a result, the defendant committed the crime of escape from custody to obtain medication. The state used the testimony of the treating physician at the Bridgeport correctional center to rebut that claim. It was the testimony of that witness that the defendant unsuccessfully claimed should not have been allowed. The court reasoned that because the defendant had put in issue his reasons for escape from custody, the crime with which he was accused, he had impliedly waived the privilege. We do not agree that the case controls.