State v. Thompson

In State v. Thompson, 266 Conn. 440, 461, 832 A.2d 626 (2003) the Court reviewed and found improper the prosecutor's repeatedly calling the defendant a "killer"; id., 472; calling the testimony of defendant's two principal witnesses "reprehensible," saying that they were "lying" and lacked both "moral fortitude" and a "conscience," lived in a "twisted world," were not "stand-up enough guys," let misguided loyalty to a friend influence their testimony and that by it, they had "reserved a place in hell for themselves"; id., 461; were truthful in their earlier recanted pretrial statements and that to believe their trial testimony, jurors had to believe that the state's witnesses had lied. Id., 466-69. The Thompson court also found that the prosecutor improperly importuned the jury to give the victim's family justice by convicting the defendant; id., 473-74; and, finally, that he improperly urged the jury to use impeachment evidence against a third defense witness substantively. Id., 476-77. The court found that this misconduct "was not, for the most part, severe." Id., 479.