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Middlesex Sheriff’s Officer charged with 3rd degree theft and insurance fraud.

In a September 30, 2018 Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request to Middlesex County, Libertarians for Transparent Government, a non-profit I serve as executive director, sought a criminal complaint filed against a County Sheriff’s Officer who we heard had been recently charged.  In its response, the County provided an unsigned, two-count criminal complaint filed by […]

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State Ethics Board: Swapping appointment votes is ethically OK as long as the one who votes first resigns a few days before the second vote.

After a three-and-a-half-year investigation, the Local Finance Board (LFB), the primary entity that enforces New Jersey’s Local Government Ethics Law (LGEL), ruled that a former Westampton Township (Burlington County) Committeeman did not violate the LGEL by voting to appoint a former Mount Holly Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) Commissioner to a $90,000 fire chief position two […]

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Appeals court invalidates Somerville attorney’s fee agreement with LAD client

A three-judge Appellate Division panel, in a published and thus precedential ruling, today invalidated a fee agreement between a Law Against Discrimination client and Somerville attorney Brian M. Cige.  According to the opinion, Cige’s fee agreement required his client to pay the greater of the following three calculations: a) Cige’s hourly rate of $475 for […]

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Camden Corrections sergeant indicted for sex assault against female officer, pled guilty to petty disorderly persons offense and retained $43,250 annual pension.

According to an undated Camden County indictment that appears to have been handed down in 2017, a sergeant with the Camden County Department of Corrections was charged with Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Contact and Second Degree Official Misconduct for “committing an act of sexual contact upon another Camden County Corrections Officer . . . while […]

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Arbitrator awards Penns Grove patrolman $131K

A July 16, 2018 order signed by Salem County Superior Court Judge Jean S. Chetney affirmed an arbitrator’s May 9, 2018 award of $120,000 plus $11,169.99 in interest in favor of a Penns Grove patrolman, but a deficiency notice issued by the court complains that Judge Chetney’s order is deficient because it “does not state […]

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New Jersey Appeals Court: FERPA allows police to get a student’s parent’s identifying information from school records without a warrant or parental consent.

Police asked a woman for the name of her children’s father who police suspected was a burglar.  The woman refused to divulge father’s identity but detectives, during questioning, noticed a young child in the woman’s household.  Detectives then canvassed local schools and a school principal, who knew the child and the mother, consulted school records […]

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Judge orders NJ municipality to pay for employee’s medical marijuana.

Citing a need to stop “killing people” by forcing injured people to take opioids for their pain, a New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Judge ordered Freehold Township (Monmouth County) to pay for a municipal employee’s medical marijuana. According to a transcript of a June 28, 2018 hearing before Workers’ Compensation Judge Lionel Simon, Freehold Township employee […]

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Burlington County mayor cited for ethics violations.

After a nearly four year investigation, the sitting mayor of a Burlington County municipality was fined $200 by the New Jersey Local Finance Board (LFB) for having twice violated the Local Government Ethics Law (LGEL).  The fines arose out of the mayor’s connection to a Political Action Committee that operated out of the law office […]

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Atlantic County woman seeks $144,387.46 under Mistaken Imprisonment Act.

On April 30, 2018, an Atlantic County woman filed a lawsuit against the State of New Jersey claiming that she “is an innocent person who was wrongly imprisoned”  for 1,054 days for a crime she did not commit.  She is seeking compensation for the 1,054 days she spent in jail at the $50,000 per year […]

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Monmouth Judge grants Sea Bright’s summary judgment motion in police excessive force case because plaintiff’s lawyers were too “occupied and distracted” to properly oppose it.

In his August 19, 2015 lawsuit, a Lincroft man claimed that Sea Bright Borough (Monmouth County) police officers severely beat him after taking him into custody following his August 13, 2013 arrest for assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  In a May 25, 2018 Order, Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Dennis […]