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Aug 09, 2020

Capital Case Roundup — Death Penalty Court Decisions the Week of August 32020

NEWS (8/​6/​20) — Connecticut: The Connecticut Supreme Court grant­ed a new tri­al to for­mer death-row pris­on­er Lazale Ashby. The court ruled that the pros­e­cu­tion had vio­lat­ed Ashby’s Sixth Amendment right to coun­sel by using a jail­house infor­mant … to delib­er­ate­ly elic­it cer­tain incrim­i­nat­ing state­ments from the defen­dant.” The court said that the infor­mant, who had a past his­to­ry of pro­vid­ing assis­tance to pros­e­cu­tors, had been act­ing as an agent of the state when he extract­ed incrim­i­nat­ing infor­ma­tion from Ashby out­side the pres­ence of coun­sel. As a con­se­quence, the court found,…