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State v. Williams

New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division


Decided: July 14, 1969.

THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
JAMES WILLIAMS, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT

Gaulkin, Collester and Labrecque.

Per Curiam

[106 NJSuper Page 372]

Defendant was convicted of murder, rape and atrocious assault and battery and he appeals.

Defendant contended that the indictments against him should have been dismissed because of the systematic exclusion of Negroes from the grand jury of Bergen County which indicted him. His brief stated that his

[106 NJSuper Page 373]

"* * * challenge to the array of the jury panel was heard and denied by Judge Kole. Judge Kole stated * * * that the same issue was * * * before Judge Botter in State v. Rochester and that a motion for reconsideration could be made based on the decision in that case. Judge Botter denied the motion in State v. Rochester [105 N.J. Super. 529 (Law Div. 1967)] and the New Jersey Supreme Court * * * granted [Rochester] leave to appeal (leave granted 4/30/68). The same Grand Jury panel indicted the defendant, James Williams, that indicted Herman Rochester. The defendant, therefore, agrees to be bound by the Supreme Court's decision in State v. Rochester , as to whether Negroes have been systematically excluded from the Bergen County Grand Jury."

Consequently, we awaited the decision of the Supreme Court in Rochester. On May 19, 1969 the Supreme Court affirmed Judge Botter's decision, State v. Rochester , 54 N.J. 85 (1969). Accordingly, we reject this ground of appeal.

Defendant argues that his motion to suppress certain evidence should have been granted. We disagree, for the reasons stated by Judge Kole in his opinion disposing of the motion to suppress, reported in 97 N.J. Super. 573 (Law Div. 1967).

Finally, defendant argues that "The search and interrogation of the defendant was a critical stage of the proceedings and the defendant was therefore entitled to have an attorney present under the Sixth Amendment * * *." Substantially the same contention was rejected by Judge Kole in said opinion, and we agree with his reasons for rejecting it. (97 N.J. Super. , at pp. 600-603).

Affirmed.

19690714


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