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Bound Brook Council member cited for ethics violation.

After a more than two-year investigation, a member of the Bound Brook Borough (Somerset County) Council was tentatively fined $200 by the New Jersey Local Finance Board (LFB) for failing to report his ownership interest in two parcels of real estate in the Borough on his 2018 financial disclosure filing. In its March 30, 2021 […]

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Ocean County lawyer charged with ethics violation for allegedly pocketing excess document recording fees

A Toms River real estate lawyer is in ethics hot water for collecting “estimated” document recording fees from his clients and then allegedly not reimbursing the excess amounts collected when the actual recording fees turned out to be less than the estimate. The lawyer in question also serves as the Board Attorney for the Lacey […]

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NJ Appeals court: Passenger in vehicle pulled over for traffic violations was under no duty to identify himself to police.

In a free society, citizens are not subject to arbitrary commands to “show their papers,” or prove their identity. That was the fate of African-Americans who had to show their “free papers” during slavery, and the fate of Jews who had to show identification papers in the Warsaw Ghetto. * * * To permit law […]

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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] […]