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NJ Criminal Law Update – Terroristic Threats Conviction Reversed


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In this case, the appellate division recently reversed the conviction of a defendant convicted of terroristic threats after the trial court improperly admitted evidence.

State v. Anthony Parisi, unpublished opinion, App. Div. Docket No. A-4660-07T4 (December 18, 2009) – Conviction for terroristic threats reversed. “[T]he improper admission of defendant’s letters threatening to sue CSP as well as other fundamentally irrelevant testimony about defendant’s threats to file lawsuits against DeCamp and Zoyac may have confused the jury.

It was error to admit the letters to rebut a claim of mistake, under N.J.R.E. 404(b), because the defense made no such claim. Nor were the threats to file lawsuits otherwise relevant. Indeed, rather than focusing its case on the events of December 18, 2002, the prosecution placed before the jury prejudicial and irrelevant evidence designed to show that defendant was angry and difficult to deal with.” See also JURY INSTRUCTIONS. (Rasheedah R. Terry, Designated Counsel)

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