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Criminal Law Keyed to Weaver
State v. Hardison
Citation:99 N.J. 379, 492 A.2d 1009 (1985)
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- Facts: What are the factual circumstances that gave rise to the civil or criminal case? What is the relationship of the Parties that are involved in the case. Review the Facts of this case here:
4 men robbed a cafe, took the bartender’s watch and a woman’s purse. The police learned what vehicle the 4 had fled in. Shortly after a robbery of a motel was reported. They learned that a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car at the cafe was involved in the motel robbery. The motel robbery consisted of 2 men who threatened the manager with guns and shattered his teeth with brass knuckles. When police spotted the car and chased the car eventually crashed and Jackson and Hardison were found in close proximity to the car. In the car the police found a key to one of the motel’s room and the woman’s purse.
At trial, the jury acquitted Hardison and Jackson of the cafe robbery but convicted them of robbery of the motel and conspiracy to commit robbery (of either the motel or the cafe or both).
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