State v. Jose G

In State v. Jose G., 102 Conn. App. 748, 929 A.2d 324 (Conn. App. Ct. 2007) the Appellate Court of Connecticut stressed that a prosecutor may remark on the motives that a witness may have to lie, or not to lie. Id. at 334-35. The court found: "The prosecutor's questions to the jury in this case, asking the jury to consider what motive these witnesses had for lying, were not improper." Id. at 335. Questions that ask the jury to consider what motive a witness would have for lying are not improper because they "properly call on the jury to use its common sense and experience to determine whether the witness was testifying truthfully." Id.