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State v. Karl Kornbrekke, 156 N.H. 821 (2008)

Case Conclusion Date: 03.14.2008

Practice Area: Criminal defense

Outcome: Conviction reversed on appeal.

Description: Last year, I won a reversal on appeal where the accused was charged with Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault. Client was represented by a different lawyer in the jury trial. The trial judge in Merrimack County Superior Court, New Hampshire refused to allow cross-examination of the complainant regarding her prior false accusation of rape against another man. Ted Lothstein handled the appeal and won a reversal of client's conviction. The New Hampshire Supreme Court held that the trial court's ruling was a violation of client's right to confront and cross-examine his accuser. The reversal in State v. Kornbrekke was the first time that New Hampshire's highest Court had ever reversed a rape conviction based on this type of limitation of the right to confront one's accuser at trial.

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