High court rebukes prosecutors, upholds conviction

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Waterbury man, despite saying that prosecutors should not have referred to the crime as a murder during the trial or used other language deemed inflammatory.

Monday’s ruling comes in the case of Jonathan Albino, who was convicted of murder in the 2006 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Christian Rivera in Waterbury. He had claimed self-defense.

The court ruled that the prosecutor improperly used terms such as “execution,” ”victim,” ”murder,” and “murder weapon” during the 2008 trial.

But the court also found there was “not a reasonable likelihood that the jury’s verdict would have been different absent the improprieties.”

Pamela S. Nagy, Albino’s attorney, declined immediate comment Monday, saying she had just received the decision.

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