Case Detail
CitationPeople v. Skinner, 747 N.Y.S.2d 857 (N.Y. App. Div. 2002)
CrimeMurder
StateNY
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
FederalNo
Trial YearUKN
BodyAppeals court
OpinionThe New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, held that improper remarks by the prosecutor during summation warranted new trial. "Considering the severity and frequency of the improprieties throughout the summation in which the prosecutor made at least a dozen direct references to defendant being a liar, made other references to defendant's 'false' and/or 'tailored story' and denigrated the defense expert by characterizing him as a puppeteer with defendant as his puppet, a new trial is warranted [citations omitted]. In short, the misconduct was so flagrant and pervasive as to compel the conclusion that defendant was deprived of a fair trial [citations omitted]."
Determination Year2002
Misconduct TypeTR: Impugning
TR: Inflammatory
C/S EffectReversal of conviction
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
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