We all have bad days. But it seems to me we invariably react in one of three ways to the bad days of others: empathy, apathy, or judgment. And judgment seems to be the most popular. For example, an Atco man will soon make his first formal appearance in the Gloucester County Superior Court for his arraignment involving two separate cases. One case involves an alleged assault by auto and heroin possession. I would submit the day of the collision was a bad day for him. But what is your reaction to this? How does it make you feel? Read more
I blogged previously about NJ Law Enforcement Directive 2006-5 and it’s 2015 supplement (Directive).
Ordinarily it requires a grand jury to review use of force by law enforcement. The grand jury must determine whether the use of force was legally justified.
But recently internal governmental review without a grand jury presentation determined a New Jersey state trooper who shot a woman’s tire was justified, per the news. In this case, authorities decided not to convene a grand jury to review the officer’s use of force. Read more
Shortly after 7 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2016, an assailant with a two-foot knife threatened residents in Clark, NJ, per the news. He allegedly threatened an elderly woman walking her dog. Subsequently, he chased other residents who came to help her.
New Jersey Grand Jury Charge
In addition to reading this post, please watch this video from the New Jersey Judiciary about the Grand Jury Indictment.
Constitutional Right To Grand Jury Indictment
The New Jersey Constitution prohibits the prosecutor from filing criminal charges in Superior Court without approval of the Grand Jury. Therefore, the requirement for the government’s executive branch to file a grand jury indictment is an individual right. This does not apply, however, to every complaint filed in municipal courts across the state.
Thus, the N.J. Constitution provides,
“No person shall be held to answer for a criminal offense, unless on the presentment or indictment of a grand jury…” N.J. Const. art. 1, ¶ 8 (emphasis added).
“In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall have the right . . . to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation…” N.J. Const. art. 1, ¶ 10 (emphasis added).