Court grants new trial in sadomasochistic sex case

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's highest court has ruled that people don't necessarily give up their ability to consent to sex when they are considered unable to handle their affairs and placed under the legal conservatorship of other people.

The ruling came Monday in the case of a Greenwich (GREN'-ich) woman who sued a man she says had a sadomasochistic relationship with her daughter, who was mentally ill and partially paralyzed. Mary Kortner says her daughter wasn't able to consent to such a relationship with fellow Greenwich resident Craig Martise.

A jury found in Martise's favor in 2009, a year before Kortner's daughter died at age 39.

But the Connecticut Supreme Court granted Kortner's request for a new trial, saying the jury mistakenly was given a document that wasn't properly admitted into evidence.

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