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State of Connecticut v. Jose Colon

Connecticut Supreme Court
778 A.2d 875 (2001)


Facts

The State of Connecticut (plaintiff) prosecuted Jose Colon (defendant) for murder and for conspiring with Kevin Soto to commit murder. The jury reasonably inferred from the evidence that Colon was guilty of both crimes. Soto was separately tried before another jury, which acquitted Soto after hearing evidence that differed from what Colon's jury heard. Colon appealed to the Connecticut Supreme Court, citing Connecticut case law that conspiracy is a bilateral crime requiring at least two conspirators, and contending that Soto's acquittal on the conspiracy charge made it impossible for Colon to be convicted unilaterally for conspiracy.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sullivan, C.J.)

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