State v. Ortiz (1993)

In State v. Ortiz, 29 Conn. App. 825, 831, 618 A.2d 547 (1993), the defendant was acquitted of manslaughter in the second degree with a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and convicted of misconduct with a motor vehicle. The defendant argued that because the jury rendered a not guilty verdict on the manslaughter charge, it had determined that he was not intoxicated or that his intoxication did not cause the deaths of the victims. Id., 29 Conn. App. at 836-37 n.6. The Court stated: "Simply put, collateral estoppel principles do not apply in a single trial to preclude a verdict of guilty on an offense which includes elements in common with an offense for which the jury has returned a verdict of not guilty. . . . Consequently, we may rely on evidence of alcohol consumption and its effects in our consideration of whether the evidence was sufficient to sustain the defendant's conviction of misconduct with a motor vehicle." Id.