Case Detail
CitationState v. Scutchings, 759 N.W.2d 729 (N.D. 2009)
CrimeSex crimes
StateND
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
FederalNo
Trial Year2007
BodySupreme court
OpinionDefendant was convicted by a jury in the District Court of Grand Forks County, North Dakota of corruption or solicitation of a minor. The Supreme Court of North Dakota held that the prosecutor's improper closing argument comment on defendant's failure to testify did not constitute harmless error and reversed his conviction: "We cannot say it is clear beyond a reasonable doubt that absent the prosecutor's improper comments the jury would have returned a verdict of guilty in this case."
Determination Year2009
Misconduct TypeT
C/S EffectVacate conviction or sentence
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
Web linkhttp://www.ndcourts.gov/court/opinions/20080125.htm