State v. Sims, 250 N.J. 189 (2022)


Aidan P. O’Connor argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of amicus curiae ACDL-NJ in favor of the Appellate Division’s ruling requiring police officers to inform a defendant of the crimes for which he was arrested before he can knowingly and intelligently waive his Miranda rights and to assert that the victim’s out-of-court identification of the defendant was inadmissible because the victim did not testify at trial. The Supreme Court declined to adopt the new rule prescribed by the Appellate Division, and further held that the identification testimony was an exception to the hearsay rule. Justice Albin’s dissent agreed with our position that “no person should be taken from his home or off the streets by the police, placed in handcuffs and kept in custody, and not told the reason for his arrest.” CJ Griffin co-authored the brief.

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