State v. Davis (1986)

In State v. Davis, 199 Conn. 88, 95, 506 A.2d 86 (1986), a defendant, who was represented at trial by counsel, argued that our state constitution conferred on him the ultimate decision-making right to call witnesses on his behalf. In rejecting his claim, the Court reasoned that such a decision is commonly regarded as tactical or strategic in nature. State v. Davis, supra, 199 Conn. 96. The court's analysis of that issue is illuminating because it underscores the principle that "decisions concerning matters of trial strategy and tactics rest with the lawyer, as opposed to decisions concerning . . . inherently personal rights of fundamental importance to the defendant . . . ." Id., 95.