State v. Robert H.Annotate this Case
The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Appellate Court concluding that Appellant's claim that his conviction violated the corpus delicti rule was unreviewable on appeal, holding that unpreserved corpus delicti claims are reviewable on appeal.
Defendant was convicted of two counts of risk of injury to a child arising from two alleged incidents of sexual misconduct. Defendant appealed, arguing that the only evidence that he committed the second alleged act of misconduct were statements he made to the police and, therefore, that his second conviction violated the corpus delicti rule. Defendant, however, did not raise the corpus delicti issue or challenge the admissibility of his statements at trial. The Appellate Court dismissed the appeal, concluding that corpus delicti is an evidentiary rule that must be raised at trial to be reviewable on appeal. The Supreme Court reversed for the reasons set forth in a companion case decided today, State v. Leniart, __ A.3d __ (2019), holding that Defendant's corpus delicti claim was reviewable on appeal.