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Vol. 4, No. 247 — December 30, 1996 STATE COURT CASE CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE 14-1-0897 State v. Finklea, Sup. Ct. (14 pp.) A defendant’s failure to appear on the original trial date, after being notified of that date and the consequences of his absence, constituted a waiver of his right to appear at the trial. The adjournment of the trial at the request of defense counsel does not vitiate a defendant’s knowing and voluntary waiver of his right to be present at the trial. FEDERAL COURT CASE LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT — DISCRIMINATION 25-7-0898 Williams v. Runyon et al., U.S. Dist. Ct. (26 pp.) Plaintiff failed to exhaust the administrative proceedings available to her and she is not entitled to the benefits of tolling the 15-day period to file her Title VII complaint for sexual harassment after receiving notice of her right to file suit against the post office and, thus, she has failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. [Filed Dec. 24, 1996.] Copyright 1996 by American Lawyer Media, L.P. A Daily Reporter of New Jersey Court Decisions THIS WEEK IN THE … Chapter 7 form preparers are under scrutiny. They promise relief from eviction, for a fee. Is that practicing law unlawfully? See page 1 of the Dec. 30 Law Journal.

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