Arguing jurisdiction in a criminal case in New Jersey can be a difficult
matter. Usually, it's accepted that the case would fall under the
jurisdiction of the area where the crime was allegedly committed. Yet
prosecutors have attempted to argue this point, often citing special circumstances
which should allow the defendant's state of origin to try the case.
A recent case involving two Bergen County men has put the idea of jurisdiction
to the test. The men are accused of having sexually assaulted three of
the teenage girls for whom they had been serving as chaperones on a 2011
trip to Germany. Both men deny the accusations, and are both currently
free on bail.