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Biden Nominates Camden’s First Black Federal Judge

May 14, 2021

CAMDEN, NJ – President Joe Biden has nominated U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen M. Williams to the U.S. District Court, a choice that would make her the first Black judge to preside on the federal bench in Camden.

Williams, a federal Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court in New Jersey since 2009, is also an adjunct professor at Rowan University in Glassboro. Her selection requires U.S.

27 Months in Prison for Jersey City Man Who Stole Nearly $500K from Customer

NEWARK, NJ – A 37-year-old Jersey City man has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for participating in a scheme that involved defrauding financial institution customers of almost half a million dollars, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced Friday. Ramon Herrera previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to a charge of Wire ...

Lawsuit: Prisoner Was Denied Medicine, Beaten by Staff at Union County Jail

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly.

While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the federal lawsuit he was forced to go without necessary prescription ...

Newark Contractor Admits to Negligence of Safety Regulations, Resulting in Death of Employee

NEWARK, NJ – A Newark-based general contracting company on Thursday admitted to violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards which subsequently led to the death of an employee, authorities announced.

Trustworthy LLC, also known as “Trustworthy Roofing and Siding” owner, Derico Ferreira, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of willfully ...

Roselle 2-Year-Old Found Safe Following Auto Theft and Kidnapping

ROSELLE, NJ -- A 2-year-old child is safe and has been reunited with his family after being briefly kidnapped in a vehicle that was stolen outside a Roselle home Thursday night, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo and Roselle Police Chief Brian Barnes jointly announced Friday.

“The diligent work of our Roselle Police Department, along with county police, not only ensured that ...

In-Person Criminal Jury Trials, Grand Jury Proceedings to Resume in June

NEW JERSEY - Criminal jury trials will resume in person next month, under a Supreme Court order issued Tuesday that revises juror service based on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey.

The Court’s order directs the resumption of in-person criminal jury trials beginning June 15, with cases that involve detained defendants receiving the highest priority. 

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In-Person Criminal Jury Trials, Grand Jury Proceedings Resume in June

TRENTON, NJ - Criminal jury trials will resume in person next month, under a Supreme Court order issued this week that revises juror service based on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey.

The Court’s order directs the resumption of in-person criminal jury trials beginning June 15, with cases that involve detained defendants receiving the highest priority. 

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Hillside Man Admits Conspiring to Steal Mail and Commit Bank Fraud

HILLSIDE, NJ - A Hillside man on Thursday admitted his role in a conspiracy to steal check books and credit cards from the postal system, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Tashon Ragan, 21, of Hillside, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit bank ...

Union Man Admits Role in Cocaine Trafficking and Money Laundering Conspiracy, Says U.S. Attorney

NEWARK, NJ – A Union man admitted his role in a cocaine trafficking and money laundering conspiracy, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced on Wednesday.

Jose A. Rivera Jr., 48, of Union, pleaded guilty by video conference before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine ...

Allegations At Temple Accused of Human Trafficking 'Unfathomable' Says Governor Murphy

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday called allegations of human trafficking and labor abuse made against the  BAPS Temple in Robbinsville horrific and disturbing and indicated that individuals who may be victims are receiving medical care. 

Murphy's comments came a day after the FBI executed a court order action at the Temple following a class ...

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Pascrell Supports Accounting of Repeated Mexican Labor Violations

May 10, 2021

Labor groups file first NAFTA rapid response labor case to combat workers denied union representation

PATERSON, NJ – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today reacted positively to first complaint filed under the new NAFTA’s Rapid Response Labor Mechanism.

“The corruption and silencing of labor organizing in Mexico must end,” said Rep. Pascrell. “While ...

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