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State v. Wright

Supreme Court of New Jersey
Jan 28, 1975
66 N.J. 466 (N.J. 1975)

Summary

holding that defendant's act of starving one child to near death was relevant to the issue of the defendant's wilful state of mind regarding the starvation of a second child

Summary of this case from State v. Sanders

Opinion

Argued January 21, 1975 —

Decided January 28, 1975.

Appeal from Superior Court, Appellate Division.

Mr. Carl W. Swanson, Jr., Assistant Prosecutor, argued the cause for the appellant ( Mr. John S. Kuhlthau, Middlesex County Prosecutor, attorney).

Ms. Jane G. Kleinfeld, Assistant Deputy Public Defender, argued the cause for the respondent ( Mr. Stanley Van Ness, Public Defender, attorney).


The judgment of the Appellate Division is reversed, and the conviction for manslaughter is reinstated and the conviction for child neglect is vacated substantially for the reasons expressed by Judge Allcorn in his dissenting opinion reported at 132 N.J. Super. 130, 147 (1974).

For reversal — Chief Justice HUGHES, Justices JACOBS, MOUNTAIN, SULLIVAN, PASHMAN and CLIFFORD and Judge KOLOVSKY — 7.

For affirmance — None.


Summaries of

State v. Wright

Supreme Court of New Jersey
Jan 28, 1975
66 N.J. 466 (N.J. 1975)

holding that defendant's act of starving one child to near death was relevant to the issue of the defendant's wilful state of mind regarding the starvation of a second child

Summary of this case from State v. Sanders

In Wright, the Court found that the defendant's act of starving one child to near death was relevant to the issue of the defendant's wilful state of mind regarding the starvation death of a second child.

Summary of this case from State v. Nance

In State v. Wright, supra, 66 N.J. at 468-69, 332 A.2d 606, the Supreme Court found that defendant's act of starving one child was relevant to the issue of defendant's state of mind regarding the starvation death of the victim's twin. I am unpersuaded that the majority's attempted distinction of Nance, in that there the State's theory was that defendant killed the victim due to jealousy arising from defendant's belief that the victim had a relationship with defendant's girlfriend, and that the prior bad acts toward the ex-girlfriend arose from his jealousy requires a different result.

Summary of this case from State v. Sanders
Case details for

State v. Wright

Case Details

Full title:STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT, v. SARAH WRIGHT…

Court:Supreme Court of New Jersey

Date published: Jan 28, 1975

Citations

66 N.J. 466 (N.J. 1975)
332 A.2d 606

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