September 15, 2014

State v. Shaffona Morgan (A-119-11

State v. Shaffona Morgan (A-119-11; 069967) 
Both ex parte communications between the trial judge and jury were improper and the trial court erred in permitting the jurors to take written instructions home for the weekend. Despite those errors, the record affirmatively shows that the contacts and the decision to permit the jury to take home written instructions did not prejudice defendant and had no tendency to influence the verdict. 

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