Notable Decisions and Other News


Assault Conviction Reversed Because of Jury Selection Error


During jury selection, a prospective juror said that she believed that a person should always turn the other cheek and should never respond with violence.  The juror acknowledged that this belief could affect her verdict.  Counsel challenged her for cause, but the court denied the challenge.  The Appellate Division, Second Department, held that the trial court's ruling was error, reversed appellant's conviction, and ordered a new trial. 

Samuel Brown, formerly of Appellate Advocates, briefed and argued the case in the Second Department.