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NJ Prosecutor Seeks Court Permission to Conduct State’s First Juror Background Checks

Citing a growing concern about potential jurors who conceal criminal convictions in order to qualify to serve on a panel, a New Jersey prosecutor is seeking court permission to perform criminal background checks on those in Essex County. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray is scheduled to argue a motion today in superior court in Newark that seeks permission to perform background checks on all jurors in the county’s cases. To do so, her office needs only their birth dates and court approval, the Star-Ledger reports. However, opponents including the state public defender’s office and the American Civil Liberties Union…

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