On August 24, 2020, the Pinelands Regional School District and Bass River Township School District together paid $200,000 to a former substitute physical education teacher who claimed that she was twice passed over for permanent teaching positions. The teacher claimed that the man who served both districts as Supervisor of Athletics was predisposed to hire… Continue reading Pinelands Regional and Bass River Boards of Education paid out $200,000 to settle former phys ed teacher’s gender discrimination lawsuits.
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… Continue reading NJ Appeals court: Passenger in vehicle pulled over for traffic violations was under no duty to identify himself to police.
On November 11, 2020, Camden County Judge Yolanda C. Rodriquez confirmed a settlement that called for the Collingswood school board to pay $950,000 to a Borough family who claimed that their twelve-year old daughter, despite their best efforts to have the school supervise the girl’s access to the Internet, used her school-issued laptop to chat… Continue reading Collingswood Board of Education paid out $950,000 to settle family’s lawsuit claiming that school officials did not take proper steps to prevent pre-teen’s sexual assault.
New Jersey’s Local Government Ethics Law (LGEL) requires elected and certain appointed local government officials to annually disclose, on a Financial Disclosure Statement (FDS), all sources of income in excess of $2,000 for both themselves and their household relatives. The reason for this is to help the public detect impermissible conflicts of interest such as… Continue reading Absent specific evidence of untruthfulness, New Jersey agency will not investigate ethics complaint against local government officials who claim that they each lack a source of income of greater than $2,000 per year.
On October 27, 2020, the Cumberland County Board of County Commissioners resolved to settle a 2017 lawsuit filed by a female Cumberland County Jail inmate who claimed that several corrections officers forced her to perform oral sex and to have sexual intercourse with them on “a nearly daily basis” and subjected her to other forms… Continue reading Cumberland County confidentially paid out $150,000 to settle inmate’s claim that jail guards forced her “into numerous non-consensual sexual acts.”