Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Summary 2012 WY 166

Summary of Decision December 28, 2012

Justice Golden delivered the opinion for the Court. Affirmed.


Docket Number: S‑12‑0030


Appeal from the District Court of Campbell County, Honorable Michael N. Deegan, Judge

Representing Appellant (Plaintiff/Defendant): Diane Lozano, State Public Defender; Tina N. Olson, Chief Appellate Counsel; Kirk A. Morgan, Senior Assistant Appellate Counsel, Wyoming Public Defender Program. Argument by Mr. Morgan.

Representing Appellee (Plaintiff/Defendant): Gregory A. Phillips, Wyoming Attorney General; David L. Delicath, Deputy Attorney General; D. Michael Pauling, Senior Assistant Attorney General. Argument by Mr. Pauling.

Date of Decision: December 28, 2012

Facts: A jury convicted Appellant Douglas Craft of sexual exploitation of a child. Craft challenges that conviction on two discrete grounds. First, he claims the State presented insufficient evidence proving the elements of the charged crime, and he faults the district court for not granting his motion for judgment of acquittal at the close of the State’s case-in-chief. Craft also contends the jury’s verdict is tainted by prosecutorial misconduct.

Issues: Craft phrases his issues as follows:

I. Did the district court err when it denied Appellant’s motion for judgment of acquittal, for lack of sufficient evidence?

II. Did the prosecutor commit misconduct when he argued the jury should view an exhibit as substantive proof, after he had previously asserted to the hearsay objection that the exhibit was not being offered to prove the truth of the matter asserted?

Holdings: The Court found no reversible error with respect to the issues raised in this appeal and the Court affirms Craft’s conviction.

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