The Second Department, ordering a new trial, determined defense counsel’s for cause challenge to a juror who was an assistant district attorney in the office which was prosecuting the defendant should have been granted:
… [D]uring jury selection, the subject prospective juror informed the Supreme Court that she was presently working as an assistant district attorney, within the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, the same agency that was prosecuting the defendant, and that she was familiar with the prosecutor, the defense attorney, and the Justice. As the People correctly concede, the juror’s contemporaneous working relationship with the agency prosecuting the defendant required that juror’s dismissal for cause … . People v Cortes, 2022 NY Slip Op 02561, Second Dept 4-20-22
Practice Point: The for cause challenge to the prospective juror who was an assistant district attorney in the same office which was prosecuting the defendant should have been granted; new trial ordered.