NJ High Court Dissects Challenge To Recall Of Retired Judges

By Martin Bricketto (April 28, 2015, 5:32 PM EDT) -- New Jersey Supreme Court justices on Tuesday challenged a criminal defendant's arguments targeting the court system's temporary assignment of retired judges, questioning whether a statute that permits the practice truly clashes with the state constitution.

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and Justice Jaynee LaVecchia were among those who grilled counsel for petitioner James Buckner, who is hoping to overturn his criminal conviction and win a new trial by contending that the widely used "recall" process violates a constitutional retirement age of 70 for judges in the state. A 73-year-old judge on recall oversaw Buckner's trial on robbery and aggravated assault charges....

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