In a recent criminal trial, one of the jurors disclosed that he was familiar with witnesses and the victim of the alleged murder.

During the trial he actually advised other jurors of details of the murder that he was aware of independent of what was presented during the trial.

The Appellate Division reversed the guilty verdict. Even though the juror in question assured the Court that he could remain impartial, such a “disclaimer of partiality by one who has a relationship with the victim or the victim’s family members are inadequate because these are contrary to human nature.” State of N.J. vs. Jose L. Negrete