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NJ Supreme Court disapproves of res gestae doctrine

N.J. SUPREME COURT FORMALLY ABANDONS RES GESTAE DOCTRINE

The NJ Supreme Court no longer approves using the “res gestae” doctrine to support evidential rulings, as a common law hearsay exception, because…

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destruction of police officers notes

WIELDING EVIDENTIARY BLUDGEON, COURT ENJOINS POLICE DESTRUCTION OF NOTES

“The state Supreme Court on Wednesday put law enforcement on notice to stop destroying notes taken during an investigation, lest criminal juries be told they may draw negative conclusions from such an action.”

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NJ car accident

POLICE DISPATCHER’S MISIDENTIFICATION IS HELD GROUND FOR SUPPRESSING EVIDENCE

“Police departments across New Jersey got a stern warning Tuesday that evidence seized as the result of bad information relayed by dispatchers will likely be suppressed in criminal trials.”

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Prosecutor supervising intern

COURT UPHOLDS INDICTMENT BASED ON INTERN’S GRAND JURY PRESENTMENT

“A state appeals court has approved use of law-student interns to present grand jury indictments so long as prosecutors supervise them and…”

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