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For immediate release: Oct. 12, 2005
For further information:
Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig


The Appellate Division of Superior Court will hear oral argument on Tues., Oct. 18 in the matter of State vs. Jayson Williams. Argument will be heard at 10:15 a.m. in the Appellate Division courtroom, 5th floor, Court Plaza, 25 Main St., Hackensack. The matter will be heard by Appellate Division Judges Howard H. Kestin, Rudy B. Coleman and George L. Seltzer.

Seating for the media is limited and will be reserved in the order requests are received. Only one seat will be reserved for each news organization. Reporters are asked to be seated by 10 a.m. At 10:15 a.m., unused reserved seats will be given to reporters on a waiting list. Call the Judiciary communications office at 609-292-9580 to reserve a seat. Reporters and photographers must show press credentials to be admitted to the reserved seating area.

News organizations must make arrangements in advance for still or video cameras or sound recording equipment in the courtroom, according to the Supreme Court guidelines. If demand for space is high, TV and still photographers will use a pooling arrangement. Call the Judiciary communications office for information on electronic pooling.

Below is an unofficial list of issues on appeal:

For the plaintiff:

  • Evidence of defendant's post-shooting conduct should be admissible at retrial.
  • Plaintiff's evidence showing defendant's awareness of risk should be admissible at retrial.

For the defense:

  • The double jeopardy clause of the New Jersey Constitution prohibits retrial of reckless manslaughter charge.
  • Collateral estoppel precludes introduction of allegations that Mr. Williams taunted Mr. Christofi at the time of the shooting and pointed the shotgun at or in his direction.
  • Defendant has a constitutional right to counsel of his choice and is entitled to reasonable adjournment when one of his counsel with specialized skill is unavailable.

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