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New Jersey Supreme Court: warrant requirement applies to cell phone tracking

Under a landmark decision issued by the New Jersey Supreme Court in July, police must now obtain a warrant to track criminal suspects using cell phone location data. The decision struck down the Appellate Division’s ruling, which was issued two … Continue reading

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Search of Newark apartment building was lawful, court holds, despite omission in search warrant

A recent appellate court decision from Essex County found that a warrant to search an entire three-story building was valid despite the fact that the structure contained more than one apartment. Although search warrants for multiple-unit buildings usually have to … Continue reading

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Union County teenager pleads guilty to faking her own abduction

A Union County teenager admitted in September to faking her own kidnapping and using social media to make investigators believe that she was actually abducted. She pleaded guilty to third degree charges for creating a false public alarm and fourth … Continue reading

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New Jersey Supreme Court remands case for new hearing on eyewitness identifications

After a landmark decision in 2011 regarding eyewitness identification procedures, the New Jersey Supreme Court revisited the topic in a case decided this summer. State v. Micelli (Aug. 19, 2013). The court used this opportunity to discuss judicial procedures and … Continue reading

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Middlesex County cocaine conviction upheld but extended-term sentencing ruled improper

State v. Ellis, decided by the New Jersey Appellate Division in May, upheld a Middlesex County jury verdict convicting the defendant of second degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The court found that extended-term sentencing was inappropriate, however, … Continue reading

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Charges filed against Middlesex County man who received marijuana delivery

A Middlesex County man was recently arrested for having more than a pound of marijuana shipped to his home. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after South Brunswick police received a tip about the drugs … Continue reading

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Evidence Obtained Through Illegal Search Held Inadmissible by New Jersey Supreme Court

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in December that police violated a defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights by subjecting him to an investigatory detention based solely on the fact that he was the same race as the man the police were … Continue reading

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Disorderly conduct charges ruled baseless in Union County case

A state appellate court overturned the convictions of three out of four defendants who were arrested at a vigil in Union County and charged with various disorderly conduct offenses. State v. Theodore, No. A-2909-10T3 (N.J. App. Div. Jun. 20, 2013). … Continue reading

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Entry into defendant’s apartment upheld in Monmouth County marijuana case

The New Jersey Appellate Division upheld convictions for marijuana possession and distribution in a Monmouth County case decided in July. Even though the police officers entered the defendant’s home without a search warrant, the court found that their conduct was … Continue reading

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Charges filed against Middlesex County man who received marijuana delivery

A Middlesex County man was recently arrested for having more than a pound of marijuana shipped to his home. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after South Brunswick police received a tip about the drugs … Continue reading

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