NJ High Court Grants Discretion To Stop Racial Jury Shopping

Law360, New York (October 30, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT) -- The Supreme Court of New Jersey on Tuesday published a decision with ramifications for criminal prosecutions statewide, ruling that trial judges can reseat jurors disqualified because of their race, thereby preventing litigators from “jury shopping” on racial grounds.

In a unanimous decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court revived nine violent crime charges, including attempted murder and aggravated assault, against Amir A. Andrews, whose jury conviction for a shooting in Newark, N.J., was reversed by an appellate panel in November 2011. 

The appellate panel ruled that a...
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