Law & Justice

April 23, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Gov. Phil Murphy told a room of gun violence activists on Tuesday that the data culled in a new Rutgers research initiative will someday help shape public policies. Murphy made the remarks on Douglass Campus at "Preventing Gun Violence in New Jersey: A Call to ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The city has missed its April 1 deadline to start a new program that would give free legal representation to low-income residents who are facing eviction. City council in December approved a measure that established the groundwork for the program. The final vote stalled for ...

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SOMERSET, NJ— This fall, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will hold a community forum to talk about sexual violence on college campuses as part of a broader initiative to promote stronger police-community relations. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that all 21 county ...

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NEWARK, NJ - An arrest was made in connection with a car crash on St. Patrick's Day that killed a Newark man. Mark A. Burney Jr., 20, of Newark, was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and assault by auto in the crash, which killed 43-year-old Eric Smith, of ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A city man has been sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison for his role in a racketeering conspiracy involving multiple brothels that employed illegal aliens throughout New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito has announced. Wilmer (Charmin) Chavez Romero, 29, was ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Authorities today released photos of three men wanted for questioning in connection with the fatal shooting Saturday outside an Edison restaurant. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and Edison police Chief Thomas Bryan issued a joint statement requesting the public’s ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A Newark man stands accused of using a Wi-Fi access point in Paterson to distribute child pornography via the internet. According to Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crime Against Children Task Force received information from ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Detectives sifted through mounds of waste underneath highways in Newark to find evidence that led to criminal charges against a 40-year-old man, who is accused of illegally dumping here for more than a year. Abdullah Bryant, of Newark, faces charges in connection with dumping under ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Eight Rutgers football players who were either suspended or dismissed from the team over their involvement in a credit card scheme avoided jail sentences this week when a judge admitted them to a probationary program, according to news reports. Superior Court Judge Pedro ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Sabre Burroughs typed in her North Ward address on the city’s online database to see if her home had a lead service line. That’s when the confusion began. First, no information came up. She typed in her address again, this time without the North prefix of her address. After ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A Newark arson investigator who was acquitted of impersonating a law enforcement officer in two separate incidents plans to move forward with a nearly four-year-old whistleblower lawsuit, his civil attorney says.  A jury this month acquitted Anthony Graves of the two fourth-degree ...

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PATERSON, NJ- A 46-year-old Orlando man has been arrested in connection with the road fatality of a Newark man in a multi-car crash on Wednesday. According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald, an investigation into the accident that took place at ...

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NEWARK, NJ - This past year, Newark made national headlines for being a contender for Amazon's second headquarters and how its leaders are tackling elevated lead levels. But what does 2019 hold for New Jersey’s most populated city? Some of the issues in 2018 will carry over into the next ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Groundwork for a program that would give free legal representation to low-income city residents facing eviction was approved by city council recently, but questions still remain about how it will be funded. The ordinance has stalled on a final vote for months because a group of ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A federal judge today denied a request from a group suing Newark over elevated lead levels to have the city extend a filter program into the East Ward.  The Natural Resources Defense Council  (NRDC) filed its request via an emergency motion as part of a larger lawsuit that alleges ...

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NEWARK, NJ - VICE News Tonight is scheduled to air a segment about Newark’s lead issues ahead of a hearing tomorrow in federal court, where advocacy groups will try to convince a judge to make the city expand its filter program. The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Newark Education ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The group that is suing Newark over elevated levels of lead has asked a federal judge to make the city extend its filter distribution program to the East Ward, according to court documents. The city treats its water at two different locations: the Pequannock and Wanaque plants.

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NEWARK, NJ - A municipal court judge in Newark faces ethics charges over allegedly incarcerating a woman who he said was "disrespectful" during a court appearance that involved a landlord-tenant dispute. The Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct last month filed the complaint against Newark ...

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NEWARK, NJ -  An unsealed federal indictment sheds new light on a hacking scheme local officials say extorted $30,000 from the city by infecting Newark's computers with ransomware.  Faramarz Shahi Savandi and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, both of Iran, were indicted in connection with last ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced Tuesday, that the Montclair Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the fatal stabbing of a female ...

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NEWARK, NJ – The Essex County Prosecutors Office held a press conference Wednesday afternoon announcing that the Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on Oct. 23, has been captured in Cuba.  James R. Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 44-year-old, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on October 22, has been captured in Cuba, police officials announced on Wednesday. According to published reports, James Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 44-year-old, Angela ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The pastor of a former Rutgers football player charged with threatening to kill two people described the young athlete as a hard worker and a leader in the church community. "He is respectful and a role model," Dr. Derrick Dumas said of Izaia Bullock, the former university ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK ,NJ  - A former Rutgers football player accused of plotting to kill two people now faces an additional charge of cyber harassment. Izaia Bullock, 22, was charged today with fourth-degree cyber harassment, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and Rutgers Police Chief Kenneth Cop ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A now-former Rutgers football player charged with plotting two murders appeared in court via video connection from the county jail today with relatives sitting in the court watching the video and comforting one another. The mother and step-mother of Izaia Bullock sat in court ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, was ordered to pay $8.6 million in restitution, perform 2,500 hours of community service, and serve six months of home incarceration for launching a cyber-attack on the Rutgers University computer network, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Newark Mayor Ras Baraka still faces a civil complaint from the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) alleging he and his ex-campaign treasurer incorrectly reported campaign contributions. MORE: Baraka's Ex-Campaign Treasurer Gets 2 1/2 Years for Embezzling Over ...

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CAMDEN, NJ— The FBI intercepted a suspicious package addressed to U.S. Sen. Cory Booker's Camden office, according to officials. The FBI confirmed Friday morning that a suspicious package — similar to the other packages found in New York and Washington D.C. this week that contained potentially ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – James R. Ray, III is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of his child's mother, Angela Bledsoe. The fatal shooting that claimed the life of a Montclair woman has thrust the suspected killer into the forefront. Many neighbors in this quiet Montclair community are left ...

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