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The New Jersey Supreme Court has rejected a constitutional challenge of its use of virtual grand juries during the pandemic, finding no proof to claims that the court lacked authority to institute the program, that remote grand juries lacked secrecy and that they failed to draw from a cross-section of the community.

In a 7-0 decision, the court denied a motion to dismiss the indictment of Omar Vega-Larregui on drug charges, finding that allowing grand jurors to participate from home via Zoom is a temporary but necessary measure due to the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Charles Toutant

Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.

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