Case Detail
CitationWilliams v. State, 803 A.2d 927 (Del. 2002)
CrimeDrug crimes
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
Trial Year2001
BodySupreme court
OpinionDefendant was convicted in the Superior Court of Kent County, Delaware of delivering cocaine. Defendant appealed. The Delaware Supreme Court held that prosecutor's remarks during closing argument constituted plain error: " the prosecutor's continued characterization of Williams as “lying” was both inflammatory and patently improper. ... 'liar is an epithet to be used sparingly in argument to the jury.'... While there is no blanket prohibition on the use of the word, we once again admonish prosecutors to use care in applying such a flash word to situations, as here, when testimony labeled a 'lie' could just as easily be characterized as mistaken."
Determination Year2002
Misconduct TypeTR: Inflammatory
TR: Vouching
C/S EffectReversal of conviction
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
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