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The Court of Appeals reversed Defendant's conviction for various charges related to a home invasion, holding that a the trial court erred by giving an anti-CSI effect instruction and that the error was not harmless.
At trial, the judge gave an anti-CSI effect jury instruction, which advises the jury that the prosecution need not prove its case through scientific or forensic techniques featured in police procedural television shows. Defendant challenged the instruction on appeal, arguing that the instruction violated his right to a fair trial. The Supreme Court agreed, holding (1) the trial judge abused his discretion by giving what amounted to a preemptive anti-CSI effect instruction that was not in conjunction with a reiteration of the reasonable doubt standard; and (2) the error in the anti-CSI effect instruction was not harmless.