Courts review the district court's admission or exclusion of evidence for an abuse of discretion. United States v. Mack, 258 F.3d 548, 553 (6th Cir. 2001). In the absence of a contemporaneous objection, courts review only for plain error. United States v. Levy, 904 F.2d 1026, 1030 (6th Cir. 1990), cert. denied, 498 U.S. 1091, 111 S. Ct. 974, 112 L. Ed. 2d 1060 (1991) (explaining that, where a defendant fails to make a timely objection stating the specific grounds for that objection, our review is limited to plain error).
'The purpose of requiring an attorney to except is not merely formal. An exception serves the important function of alerting the trial court to error while there is time to correct it without ordering a retrial.' State v. Jones, 193 Conn. 70, 88, 475 A.2d 1087 (1984); State v. Jackson, 3 Conn. App. 132, 135, 485 A.2d 934 (1984). The failure to except without an indication of the deprivation of a constitutional right bars appellate review. State v. Jackson, supra.