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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 […]

Posted inNJ Civil Settlements

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.

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 […]

Posted inNJ Open Government Notes

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.

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 […]

Posted inNJ Civil Settlements

Cumberland County confidentially paid out $150,000 to settle inmate’s claim that jail guards forced her “into numerous non-consensual sexual acts.”

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 […]

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Wildwood Board of Education paid out $400,000 to resolve female custodian’s sex harassment claim.

On August 13, 2020, the Wildwood Board of Education (Cape May County) agreed to pay $400,000 to a high school custodian who claimed that she was sexually harassed and retaliated against by her supervisor and that senior school officials shrugged off her complaints. In her lawsuit, Donna M. Howard, a custodian at Wildwood High School, […]