Decided: December 27, 1967.
STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
VERNON LEE JAMES, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT
For reversal -- Chief Justice Weintraub and Justices Jacobs, Francis, Proctor, Goldmann, Schettino and Haneman. For affirmance -- None.
[51 NJ Page 10] After a joint trial with several others, appellant Vernon Lee James was convicted of sodomy. The convictions of two of the co-defendants, John Shannon and John Henry Taylor, were reversed by this Court. State v. Taylor, 46 N.J. 316 (1966). On this direct appeal, which we allowed, James urges the same grounds for reversal as did Shannon and John Henry Taylor. We agree that the conviction of James was tainted with the same error which
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required the reversal in State v. Taylor, supra. Therefore the judgment of conviction must be reversed.