Case Detail
CitationMorris v. State, 795 A.2d 653 (Del. 2002)
CrimeAssault
StateDE
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
FederalNo
Trial Year1999
BodySupreme court
OpinionDefendant was convicted in the Superior Court of Sussex County, Delaware of assault and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. The Supreme Court of Delaware held that the prosecutor committed misconduct by arguing that to acquit defendant, jury would have to find that State's witnesses were lying and reversed the conviction: "The prosecutor at Morris' trial improperly commented that the jury could not acquit Morris unless the jury found that the State's witnesses were lying. We reaffirm that such egregious prosecutorial misconduct is reversible error, and it is plain error in a case like this where credibility of witnesses is central. Accordingly, we reverse Morris' sentence and vacate his conviction."
Determination Year2002
Misconduct TypeT
C/S EffectReversal of conviction
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
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