Law & Justice

October 8, 2018

NEWARK, NJ — Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino of reality television’s “Jersey Shore” has been sentenced to eight months in prison for violating federal tax laws, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey. Sorrentino also was ordered today, October 5 by U.S. District Judge ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began.  Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Monday that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will host its Fall 2018 Citizens and Clergy Academy, a six-week training program for members of the community. The Citizens and Clergy Academy is a training program ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Could municipalities and counties be supported by tax-deductible contributions from property owners?  Trenton is looking to implement a voluntary framework for those entities to do that, in response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 which limits State And Local Tax (SALT) ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Essex County Sheriff's new Patrol Building in Newark has been dedicated in honor of the late Kevin J. Ryan, a long-time, well-liked sheriff's officer who rose to become a chief in the department. “Dedicating the Sheriff’s Headquarters in Kevin’s honor will keep his legacy of ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Reentry, the program that former Gov. Jim McGreevey started to help recently released inmates obtain housing and employment, is now moving to assist a large segment of society with training for and placement in jobs in construction trades through a program called NJBuild. At ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A Newark man was sentences to life in prison for the Christmas 2015 home invasion burglary of a Bloomfield residence.The Honorable James W. Donohue, Judge of the Superior Court handed down the sentence today putting Roberson Burney, 60, behind bars for the rest of his life.  On ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Criminal charges have been dropped against six people, including four clergy members, who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6  at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, according to Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz of B’nai Abraham in Livingston. Dantowitz, ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Two Montclair Residents were robbed at gunpoint in two separate incidents, as they walked through Montclair on Sunday, according to Montclair Police officials.  At approximately 6:30 p.m., a 64-year-old Montclair man was approached by a dark colored SUV as he walked along ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One of the eight former Rutgers University football players facing charges from a credit card fraud scheme was released from jail today without bail after a brief court hearing in which the defendant appeared via a video connection from the county jail. Brendan Devera, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Eight Rutgers University football players now face charges from a credit card fraud scheme that occurred while all of them were students, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said today. All of the defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit third-degree theft by ...

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VERONA, NJ - Former Verona High School football coach Lou Racioppe, has sued the district for unlawful termination.   Racioppe was placed on administrative leave following undisclosed allegations mid-way through the 2017 season.  The Board of Education then opted not to renew his contract after ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A Downtown Newark law firm has stepped up to provide free legal services to low-income tenants in the city who are facing eviction. McCarter & English will dedicate a fellowship position at the law firm to take on this huge task in the city. Overall, 40,000 evictions in Newark ...

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  NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced that the owner and manager of a New Jersey hedge fund was sentenced Tursday to 72 months in prison for defrauding two investors of $4 million. Nicholas Lattanzio, 62, of Montclair, was previously convicted on all counts of an indictment ...

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NEWARK, NJ - After deliberating for a week, an Essex County jury found Lavelle T. Davis, 37, of Galloway, and Jimmy P. Mays, 34, formerly of Egg Harbor Township, guilty of the January, 2017, murders of Michael Davis, 45, of Maplewood, Roshana Kelson, 30, of Paterson, and Lance Fraser, 44, of ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Nearly four years after 19-year-old Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin, a 2013 graduate of Seton Hall Prep, was gunned down on Walker Road in West Orange by a man who recently pled guilty to six charges, including charges of first-degree terrorism and murder, Ali Muhammad Brown was ...

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  MONTCLAIR, NJ - An arrest has been made in connection with the fatal stabbing of 20-year-old Akirah M. Townes in Montclair Friday morning, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Montclair Police Chief Todd M. Conforti have announced. An investigation by detectives from the ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Jay Webber’s landmark legislation stopping child predators in schools from easily changing jobs was signed into law April 11 by Governor Phil Murphy. “This is a huge victory for our children, their parents, and our state,” said Webber (R-Morris) in a statement. “This ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK - Former Gov. James Florio recalls a curious detail about his 1974 Congressional run in New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District: He had the support of the National Rifle Association.  In today’s political climate, a nod from the gun lobby for a Democratic candidate who supports gun ...

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NEWARK, NJ –Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted of Eddie Gonzalez, 39, of Newark of impersonating a law enforcement officer and making false reports against an ex-girlfriend. A jury convicted Gonzalez of four counts of making ...

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UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ — Hundreds of people of all ages attended the March for Our Lives in Upper Montclair on Saturday evening. This was part of the coordinated effort across the state of New Jersey and the nation. Student activists of all ages took to the podium at St. James Episcopal Church to ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ — Local police departments responded to burglaries and thefts involving United States Post Office blue collection mailboxes Little Falls at 229 Main St. and Woodland Park at 1017 McBride Ave. on March 16. Little Falls Police said that unknown actor(s) pried open the mailboxes and ...

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NEWARK, NJ — In the case against Ali Muhammad Brown, who was charged with the murder of 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin of Livingston, acting Essex County prosecutor, Robert Laurino announced on Tuesday that Brown pled guilty before the Honorable Ronald D. Wigler, judge of the Superior Court.  Brown ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ – A sold-out crowd of concerned citizens from all over the 11th Congressional District heard from NJ 11th For Change member Cori Menkin, Esq., on the topic of gun violence at an open forum hosted by the Livingston Town Team of NJ 11th for Change on Saturday. Menkin, an expert on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6  at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court. Rev. Ann Ralosky and Rev. John Rogers of First Congregational Church in ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Aryeh Goodman, 35, the rabbi from the  East Brunswick Chabad Learning Center has been charged with one count of engaging in prostitution with a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.  He was one of thirty men charged with having sex with the teenager over a ...

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According to numerous news reports, corruption and bribery charges against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez are being dropped by the Justice Department. Senator Menendez released the following statement through his Communications Director, Tricia Enright: “From the very beginning, I never wavered in my ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - A municipal judge in Essex County is the subject of ethics violations for allegedly attempting to use his position to avoid drunk driving charges dating back to November 2016.  “I’m not drunk...I’m a f**king judge.” Wilfredo Benitez is reported to have said to NJ State Troopers ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ - With Governor Elect Phil Murphy pledging to sign legislation legalizing marijuana in the state within 100 days of his Jan. 16 inauguration, Cedar Grove Councilwoman Kerry Peterson urged Cedar Grove to prepare for the change and how it may impact the township. Currently, New ...

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TRENTON -- Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that New Jersey has entered into a $45 million multi-state settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation that resolves allegations the New-Jersey-based company improperly serviced mortgage loans during a four-year period. In addition to New ...

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