Defense attorneys challenge virtual jury selection

Raven Santana, Correspondent | October 6, 2020 | Law
Some jury trials have resumed in NJ, but picking jurors is done online for now

In-person jury trials have resumed in some New Jersey counties, but defense attorneys are fighting to suspend them again. The reason? Concerns that system’s way for picking a jury unfairly excludes minority and senior citizen jurors because the plan relies heavily on access to technology. It took six months to ramp up in-person criminal trials due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Will this dispute derail the proceedings entirely? Correspondent Raven Santana reports.