Judge's Jury Errors Didn't Taint Verdict: NJ High Court

Law360, New York (August 8, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT) -- The New Jersey Supreme Court upheld a woman’s criminal conviction Thursday despite that the trial judge had improperly allowed jurors to take home written instructions, ruling the judge erred with the instructions and in her communication with jurors but neither tainted the verdict.

The state’s high court seconded the Appellate Division’s affirmation of the conviction of Shaffona Morgan, a Trenton, N.J., woman who was convicted of assault and gun charges in 2008. Morgan’s attorneys argued on appeal that Superior Court Judge Maryann K. Bielamowicz committed reversible...
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