Top NJ Court Calls For Retrial In Choice Of Counsel Fight

Law360, New York (January 14, 2014, 3:41 PM EST) -- The New Jersey Supreme Court refused Tuesday to reinstate a criminal conviction because the defendant was denied his choice of counsel, a ruling that clarifies when trial judges have the authority to deny adjournments for defendants who ask to choose new representation.

The high court ruled unanimously to grant a new trial for Raymond Kates, a Bridgeton, N.J., man who was convicted of eluding and resisting arrest in 2010. The Appellate Division overturned his conviction in May 2012, concluding that the trial judge abused his discretion...
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