04 Jan: Senate Panel Approves Codey Bill Stiffening Penalties For Jury Tampering

TRENTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved a bill sponsored by Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) that would toughen the penalties for anyone found guilty of corrupting or influencing a jury presiding over serious criminal cases.

“A trial by jury is one of the bedrocks of our democracy,” said Sen. Codey. “Victims, especially those of a serious crime, deserve to know that we’re doing everything in our power to protect the integrity of the judicial system. Anyone convicted of threatening a juror deserves to have the book thrown at them.”