In State v. Maisonet, a divided New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the defendant, who was convicted of murder at the time, was not stripped of a constitutional right when he was denied a new attorney on the day of his trial.

In an opinion Tuesday delivered by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, the majority upheld defendant Luis Maisonet’s conviction even though the trial court fell short in conducting the necessary analysis in rejecting his request for an adjournment on the day his 2017 trial was to begin.