One More Criminal Case for the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court announced that it has granted certification in another criminal matter, a robbery case. The appeal is State v. Watson, and the question presented, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s office, is “Was it harmless error to admit the police officer’s testimony that he consulted with another police department before filing criminal charges against defendant, did the officer’s testimony narrating a surveillance video deprive defendant of a fair trial, and was it plain error to allow the victim to identify defendant for the first time in-court during the trial when the victim previously had identified a different individual as the perpetrator during a photo array?” In an opinion reported at 472 N.J. Super. 381 (App. Div. 2022), the Appellate Division upheld defendant’s conviction and remanded solely on the issue of defendant’s ability to pay the amount of restitution that was assessed against him.