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Random Notes on NJ Government

After twenty-six months of foot-dragging, attorney disciplinary system finally files complaint against former South Jersey mayor.

On November 30, 2017, I filed an ethics grievance with the District I Ethics Committee against an elected Franklin Township (Gloucester County) Committeewoman. My grievance provided evidence that the Committeewoman, a lawyer with a Vineland office address, had served as Franklin’s public defender during a nearly two-year period spanning 2011 through 2013 during which the […]

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NJ Open Government Notes

Brick school board sued for discriminating against grounds worker because of his alcoholism.

In his March 30, 2020 lawsuit, a grounds worker formerly employed by the Brick Township (Ocean County, NJ) Board of Education sued the school board and its head of Human Resources for firing him after he allegedly failed a February 19, 2019 alcohol breath test. In his lawsuit, Brian Flynn stated that he was summoned […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

Beachwood man who claimed that sergeant intentionally stepped on his head settles lawsuit for $25,000.

On November 6, 2019, the State of New Jersey paid $25,000 to an Ocean County man who claimed that a sergeant with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office (OCPO) intentionally stepped on his head while he was handcuffed and lying on the ground. In his lawsuit, Alex C. Brennan said that he was outside of JR’s […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

Woman who claimed police dog “ripped her leg open” gets $250K settlement from Camden County town.

On February 3, 2020, the Borough of Oaklyn (Camden County, NJ) agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a Collingswood woman who claimed that Borough cops sicced a police dog on her after chasing her home because she parked incorrectly in a 7-Eleven parking lot. In her lawsuit, Natalie Diaz said that […]

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Random Notes on NJ Government

Clayton police officer fired for “dropping body weight on handcuffed suspect” sues for reinstatement. Suspect also sues Clayton for civil rights violation.

In a February 18, 2020 lawsuit, filed in Gloucester County Superior Court, former Clayton Borough (Gloucester County NJ) patrolman Eduardo Diaz claimed that the Borough Council’s February 13, 2020 decision to fire him “was excessive and unjustified” and based on a disciplinary hearing officer’s findings that were “against the weight of the evidence and [which] […]

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Fairfield Township Informant NJ Civil Settlements

Cumberland County local school district paid out $70,000 to settle whistleblower lawsuit.

On September 29, 2019, the Fairfield Township (Cumberland County) Board of Education paid $70,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the district’s former interim superintendent/principal. The lawsuit claimed that district officials, due to the former interim superintendent/principal’s objections to their requests that he “get himself excused” from grand jury duty, retaliated against him by cutting […]

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Ocean County cops shielded from liability by “qualified immunity” after arresting and jailing an innocent man.

From today’s (03/06/2020) decision by a two-judge panel of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division: “Plaintiff Tora Evans was arrested for a crime he did not commit all because he happened to be in the vicinity of other criminal conduct. He remained incarcerated for six weeks before making bail; in the meantime, he lost […]

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Seven-year delay in docketing judgment draws ethics complaint against Middlesex County lawyer.

A Perth Amboy personal injury lawyer is in ethics hot water for allegedly failing to promptly enter his client’s $427,737.86 judgment on the Superior Court’s Civil Judgment and Order Docket. Entering a judgment on this Docket causes it to become a lien against any real estate owned by the judgment debtor. The July 17, 2019 […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

Bergenfield confidentially paid out $843,000 to settle cop’s whistleblower lawsuit.

On December 3, 2019, the Borough of Bergenfield (Bergen County) quietly agreed to pay $843,000 to a former police officer who had claimed that his superiors retaliated against him after he sought permission to amend a motor vehicle crash report to show that a Bergenfield police lieutenant’s reckless driving was the cause of the accident […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

Estate of South Woods inmate who was allegedly told “You might as well kill yourself” by a corrections officer prior to his 2009 suicide, settled lawsuit against State for $304,419.25.

On September 4, 2019, the State of New Jersey agreed to pay $304,419.25 to the estate of an inmate at a Cumberland County state prison who claimed that corrections officers did not monitor him closely enough even though they knew he was a suicide risk.  The lawsuit claimed that one of the officers, the day […]