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SJC ruling says former Brockton man gets new trial because prosecutor called him ‘street thug’

A former Brockton man, who was allegedly armed when he was shot by State Police in 2006, was granted a new trial on an attempted murder charge after the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday that a Norfolk County prosecutor was wrong to call Joshua Lewis a “street thug’’ in his closing argument.

Lewis was convicted of ­assault with intent to murder and illegal gun charges in ­Norfolk Superior Court in 2007 and has completed his six-year sentence. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court said prosecutor Robert W. ­Nelson “improperly disparaged the defendant and counsel and invited the jury to decide the case irrationally and on general terms.’’

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