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Dominic Badaracco Trial

Dominic Badaracco Trial

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Published by Helen Bennett
Judge Devlin's prepared instructions.
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NO.CR12-0263152-S : SUPERIOR COURTSTATE OF CONNECTICUT : JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF FAIRFIELDv. : AT BRIDGEPORTDOMINIC BADARACCO: JUNE 28, 2013
 JURY INSTRUCTIONSINTRODUCTION
Members of the jury, you have heard the evidence presented inthis case. It now becomes my duty to instruct you as to the law whichis to be applied to the facts in this case.
READING PREPARED MATERIAL
During these instructions, I will, for the most part, be readingfrom prepared material. I do this so that I do not inadvertently give youan incorrect instruction. So if I lose eye contact with you from time totime, please bear with me.
FUNCTION OF COURT AND JURY 
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It is exclusively the function of the court to state the rules of lawwhich govern the case, with instructions as to how you are to applythem. It is your obligation to accept the law as I state it. You mustfollow all of my instructions and not single out some and ignore others;they are all equally important. You are the sole judges of the facts. It is your duty to find thefacts. You are to recollect and weigh the evidence and form your ownconclusions as to what the ultimate facts are. You may not go outsidethe evidence to find the facts. This means that you may not resort toguesswork, conjecture or suspicion, and you must not be influenced byany personal likes or dislikes, opinions, prejudices, or sympathy. The actions of the court during the trial in ruling on motions orobjections by counsel, or in comments to counsel or in questions towitnesses, or in setting forth the law in these instructions are not to betaken by you as any indication of the court's opinion as to how youshould determine the issues of fact. If the court has expressed orintimated any opinion as to the facts, you are not bound by that
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opinion. What the verdict shall be is your sole and exclusive duty andresponsibility.If I refer to any of the evidence in this charge, and I may do so, itwill be simply for the purposes of illustration and clarification, and youare not to understand that I intend to emphasize any evidence Imention or to limit your consideration to that evidence alone. If I omitreference to any evidence, you will supply it from your recollection. If Iincorrectly state any of the evidence, you will correct my error,because it is your province to review the evidence and determine thefacts established by it.
PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE
In this case, as in all criminal prosecutions, the defendant ispresumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonabledoubt. That means that at the moment when he was presented beforeyou for trial, he stood before you free of any bias, prejudice or burdenarising from his position as the accused; that nothing you might know
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