State v. Taylor

In State v. Taylor, 239 Conn. 481, 504-505, 687 A.2d 489 (1996), cert. denied, 521 U.S. 1121, 117 S. Ct. 2515, 138 L. Ed. 2d 1017 (1997), the court commented that the phrase "ingenuity of counsel," taken in isolation, conceivably could misdirect the jury's attention, and urged trial courts to avoid its further use. The court, nevertheless, affirmed the judgment on the ground that it had previously approved similar language and that these phrases did not, "when properly considered in the broader context of the trial court's instructions in their entirety, dilute the state's burden of proof or otherwise mislead the jury in any way." Id.