The Appellate Group

State v. Anderson

State v. Anderson, 2024 UT App 65 (Oliver, J.)


The State charged Defendant with three child sex crimes. He appealed his convictions, arguing that the trial court erred in failing to sua sponte hold a competency hearing and that it plainly erred in admitting recorded interviews from the Children’s Justice Center (CJC). He also argued ineffective assistance of counsel. The Utah Court of Appeals affirmed, holding:

  • There was no error in the trial court’s failure to hold a competency hearing.
  • Any error in the trial court’s admission of the CJC interviews was invited because trial counsel agreed to stipulate to the admission below.
  • Trial counsel did not provide ineffective assistance of counsel.  

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