New Jersey v. Hughes
New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division
521 A.2d 1295 (1986)
Two men robbed at gunpoint a cashier working at the office of the Courier Post. The State of New Jersey (plaintiff) charged Thomas Hughes (defendant) with robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and conspiracy to rob. During the trial, Hughes presented testimony that prior the robbery, Tyrone Wolley approached Hughes several times about taking part in robbing the Courier Post. Hughes testified that he rejected these efforts. A police detective testified that Hughes informed the police of Wolley’s efforts. Hughes told the police that he had rejected all of Wolley’s recruitment attempts. Hughes requested a jury instruction explaining the defense of renunciation of purpose. The trial judge denied the request. The jury convicted Hughes on the conspiracy charge and disagreed on the other two charges. Hughes appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Antell, J.)
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