A New Jersey appeals court on Dec. 12 ruled that a lawyer must answer to a grand jury about his advice to the founders of a social club that turned out to be an illegal gambling hall.

In a case of first impression in the state, the Appellate Division held that a judge’s reliance on a prosecutor’s ex parte certification to sustain a grand jury subpoena, without sharing the document with the recipient, did not render the subpoena invalid.

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