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Criminal Practice – Mistrial Motion – Witnesses in Jury Assembly Room — Cocaine Possession – Indictment – Assistance of Counsel (access required)

State v. Glenn Three police officers, who were witnesses in defendant’s trial, walked through the jury assembly room (which they mistakenly believed was still the grand jury room) on their way to court on the second day of defendant’s trial. Although two of the jurors on defendant’s case were in the assembly room, the officers had no contact – not even eye contact – with them and quickly exited the room. The record shows no actual injury by the officers’ contact with the jurors, so the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying defendant’s motion for a mistrial.

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