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State v. Harned

October 15, 2008

STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
EDWARD HARNED, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



On appeal from Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Union County, Indictment No. 05-03-00434.

Per curiam.

NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION

Submitted October 2, 2008

Before Judges Stern and Payne.

Defendant was indicted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b)(2) (count one); aggravated assault by attempting to cause significant bodily injury, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b)(7) (count two); possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4(d) (count three); and possession of a weapon under circumstances not manifestly appropriate for lawful use, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(d) (count four).

At a jury trial defendant was convicted only of the petty disorderly offense of "disorderly conduct ─ mutual fighting," in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2a(1), as a lesser-included offense on count one.*fn1

Defendant was sentenced to probation for one year with conditions. Fines and penalties were also imposed. On this appeal defendant argues:

POINT I. THE TRIAL COURT ERRED IN CHARGING DISORDERLY CONDUCT AS A LESSER-INCLUDED OFFENSE. THE INCIDENT BETWEEN DEFENDANT AND THE ALLEGED VICTIM OCCURRED WITH NO ONE ELSE WITHIN SIGHT OR EARSHOT. (Not raised below)

POINT II. THE TRIAL COURT'S CHARGE ON DISORDERLY CONDUCT WAS ERRONEOUS. (Not raised below)

POINT III. THE DISORDERLY-CONDUCT STATUTE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE THE PHRASE "TUMULTUOUS CONDUCT" IS VOID FOR VAGUENESS. (Not raised below)

In its responding brief, the prosecutor states:

POINT I. THE STATE CONCEDES THAT THE TRIAL COURT ERRED IN CHARGING DISORDERLY CONDUCT AS A LESSER INCLUDED OFFENSE.

The State agrees with defendant that the facts in the record do not contain sufficient evidence to support a charge of disorderly conduct. Thus, defendant's conviction ...


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