Catching Up With Supreme Court Grants of Review

I’ve missed a lot of days in the last several weeks.  The Supreme Court, however, has been active.  The Court announced grants of review in the following cases:

In Lee v. Brown, the Court granted leave to appeal.  The question presented there, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “Was a city electrical inspector entitled to absolute immunity under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act (TCA), rather than qualified immunity, following this fire at a multi-dwelling home in the City of Paterson?”  This case has the potential to be a very important one under the TCA.

In Mount v. Board of Trustees, Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, where the Court granted certification, the Clerk’s Office has phrased the question presented as “Did the Board err in denying plaintiff’s application for accidental disability retirement benefits, based on its finding that the event that caused plaintiff’s disability was not ‘undesigned and unexpected,’ pursuant to N.J.S.A. 43:16A-7?”

Finally, in the criminal context, the question presented in State v. Sanchez-Medina, another case where certification was granted, has been phrased as follows by the Clerk’s Office: “Was defendant’s immigration status admissible for impeachment purposes; and and was defendant entitled to a jury instruction on identification?”