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Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” Courtesy of Warner Bros... Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” Courtesy of Warner Bros…

When does a prosecutor go too far in a summation to the jury, thereby prejudicing the defendant’s right to a fair trial? That was the question addressed by the Supreme Court in the recent case of State v. Damon Williams (A-46-19), decided Jan. 19, 2021. The defendant had walked into a bank in Merchantville, New Jersey, carrying a bag, wearing a sweat shirt, dark pants, a New York Giants hat and sunglasses. He walked up to a teller’s window and presented a note to the teller that said, “Please, all the money, 100, 50, 20, 10. Thank you.” He was then given $4,600 (rejecting a pack of $20 bills containing a GPS tracker and a device that would trigger a silent alarm) and left the bank.

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