TRENTON, NJ - The state Supreme Court seems to have given a reprieve to a Middlesex County Superior Court judge who is facing removal from the bench for allegedly harboring her fugitive ex-boyfriend.
Carlia Brady has a court date scheduled for April 27 after Justices ruled "the Court having determined on its review of the matter that the appropriate quantum of discipline shall not include removal."
At the center of that case is the fact that Brady faced charges for hindering the apprehension of her then-boyfriend, Jason Prontnicki in an incident that dates back almost seven years.
Brady had gone to the Woodbridge Police Department on June 10, 2013 to report that Prontnicki had loaned her car to someone without her consent.
She was surprised when police informed her that Prontnicki had a suspended license and two warrants out for his arrest, including a second-degree robbery charge involving a pharmacy in Old Bridge.
Investigators say Brady later let him into her home and didn’t call police despite knowing he was wanted.
The charges of second-degree official misconduct and third-degree hindering the apprehension of a fugitive were transferred to Somerset County and eventually dismissed in proceedings that stretched for nearly five years. Brady was reinstated to the bench on March 6, 2018, after having been suspended.
According to the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, however, when she did not inform police that Prontnicki was at her home, she "demonstrated an inability to conform her conduct to the high standards of conduct expected of judges and impugned the integrity of the Judiciary in violation of Canon I, Rule I. I and Canon 2, Rule 2.1 of the Code of Judicial Conduct."
The committee recommended in September that the state remove her from the bench.
In a hearing earlier this month in which she represented herself, Brady argued that removal from the bench would be too heavy of a price to pay for what she called a "lapse in judgment."
Brady did not return a message left by TAPinto New Brunswick seeking comment.