The Appellate Division ruled that Governor Murphy acted within the scope of his powers when he issued Executive Order 128. That order permitted New Jersey residential tenants to use their security deposits to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2016, the defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree aggravated assault. He was sentenced to a ten-year term of imprisonment with an 85% period of parole ineligibility under the No Early Release Act. In May 2020, the defendant filed a Rule 3:21-10(b)(2) motion for release, providing voluminous medical documents in support of his motion showing he … Read more
In Commonwealth v. Delmonico, the defendant appealed his conviction on the charges of delivery of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy, and related charges. He argued that the jury’s verdict was against the weight of the evidence, and the trial court erred in requiring the prospective jurors to wear masks and socially distance during voir dire. … Read more
The New Jersey Supreme Court condoned the use of virtual grand juries during the COVID-19 pandemic in State v. Vega-Larregui. The Court held that it had the authority to make rules and procedures for the courts, including grand juries. The court further reasoned that virtual grand juries protect the rights of the accused by allowing … Read more
In re Request to Release Certain Pretrial Detainees was an Order to Show Cause, which raised questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of in-person criminal jury trials on defendants who have been detained pretrial. The Supreme Court held that N.J.S.A. 2A:162-19(f) offers a path for potential relief under the present … Read more
State v. Smith was a murder trial, which had been interrupted by the pandemic, where the jury had been impaneled and sworn, and the trial was well underway. The defendants were granted leave to appeal the trial court’s order declaring a mistrial and denying their motions to dismiss the indictment on double jeopardy grounds. The … Read more