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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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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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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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Sorry, but I will no longer post on “Random Notes on NJ government”

In November 2019, I was informed by Facebook that my former blog, “Random Notes on NJ government” violated Facebook’s Community Standards.  All of my posts on that blog quote from lawsuits or other official government records and those quotes sometimes contain profane language.  Apparently, Facebook’s algorithm picked up some prohibited words in one or more […]

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Morris County township settled disciplinary case against cop by allowing him to resign in good standing. Township also paid cop for accumulated time and gave him and his family postretirement health benefits.

According to a February 20, 2019 settlement agreement, the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills (Morris County) agreed to withdraw a Preliminary Notice of Disciplinary Action it had filed against a Township police officer on September 11, 2018 in exchange for the officer’s resignation from the force.  The agreement also required the Township to pay the officer […]

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Appellate Division: Ethics complainant lacked standing to appeal dismissal of ethics case.

In an unpublished decision released today, a two-judge panel of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division dismissed a citizen’s appeal of a ruling by the Local Finance Board that a Somerset County fire commissioner “did not violate [the Local Government Ethics Law] when he voted . . . to settle a lawsuit against the […]

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Former Dunellen Council member cited for ethics violation.

After a two and a half year investigation, a former member of the Dunellen Borough (Middlesex County) Council was tentatively fined $200 by the New Jersey Local Finance Board (LFB) for failing to publicly disclose on his Financial Disclosure Statement (FDS) two parcels of real estate owned by his wife. In its November 23, 2018 […]

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Former Bound Brook Council member cited for ethics violation.

After a more than four-year investigation, a former member of the Bound Brook Borough (Somerset County) Council was tentatively fined $100 by the New Jersey Local Finance Board (LFB) for voting in favor of a resolution which designated a redeveloper for a Main Street property while her in-laws owned that property and her husband, who […]

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Burlington judge upholds Eastampton cop’s firing.

In an August 28, 2018 ruling, Burlington County Superior Court Judge Susan L. Claypoole upheld Eastampton Township’s October 23, 2017 decision to fire one of its police officers for being untruthful during an internal affairs investigation. According to Judge Claypoole’s 21-page written decision, the Eastampton Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit charged Officer Michael Musser with […]