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Law & Justice

May 15, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — A newly established Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs was announced Friday that will be led by Reginald Bledsoe, a Newark resident and former Newark Public Schools Board of Education member. Bledsoe, who was appointed as the office's first director, will help support the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The man who was sentenced to life in a New Brunswick courtroom for the 1973 murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster in one of the highest-profile trials in the city’s history will soon be released from prison. The New Jersey Supreme Court has ordered parole for Sundiata Acoli ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark doctor was arrested Friday in connection to forging prescriptions and obtaining controlled dangerous substances by fraud, authorities announced. Sagy Grinberg, 39, of Weehawken, who previously worked at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, was charged with forgery, obtaining ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, who had killed three women in Essex County in 2016, including a college student from Montclair, has been charged with a fourth murder, according to prosecutors. Wheeler-Weaver, who has been incarcerated since his arrest in December 2016, has been accused of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A whistleblower lawsuit claims that the Westfield Police Department retaliated and discriminated against an African-American sergeant and a female lieutenant for reporting racial profiling. Sgt. Preston Freeman, who according to the lawsuit is the first African American to reach ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A whistleblower lawsuit claims that the Westfield Police Department retaliated and discriminated against an African American sergeant and a female lieutenant for reporting racial profiling. Sgt. Preston Freeman, who according to the lawsuit is the first African American to reach ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – A civil rights lawsuit has been filed in the Superior Court against the Township of Montclair, according to published reports. The Montclair Property Owners Association [MPOA] is challenging the constitutionality of Montclair’s rent freeze that has been in effect since the spring ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ —A 29-year-old Newark man is facing multiple charges after Hoboken police say he was caught driving a stolen car Tuesday night and then arrested again a few hours later after stealing another vehicle. Following a motor vehicle stop on Harrison Street around 10 p.m., David Theodore ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ – No criminal charges will be filed against a South Orange/Maplewood Schools teacher accused by parents of forcibly removing a second-grade student’s hijab in October, authorities said today. In a statement, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said its probe of the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – An associate of the parents of a South Orange elementary school student - who contend a teacher improperly removed the girl’s hijab – is disputing published reports alleging the parents have sued the school district. The associate, James Davis III, who is chairman of Black ...

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TRENTON – Governor Murphy signed into law S3416, which codifies marriage equality in New Jersey law by providing that all laws concerning marriage and civil union are to be read with gender-neutral intent. Marriage equality currently exists in New Jersey based on state and federal Court ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood resident Christina Swarns was recognized this week by the township committee for her criminal justice reform work. Swarns, a lawyer, is the executive director of the Innocence Project, a nonprofit advocating for reform of the criminal justice system, particularly for ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ - We're learning more about the accusations against an East Orange mother, charged with two counts of child endangerment, following the disappearance of her teenage daughter.  14-year-old JaShyah Moore was found two weeks after she was reported missing in Harlem, after running away ...

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NEWARK, N.J. — Alexander Varice, 27, of South Orange, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to defraud two banks out of more than $250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks, said Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig. Varice’s conspirators, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — New Columbia High School graduates Lily Kubany and Lindsay Gross have started a petition to have the Underhill Sports Complex renamed for Moussa Fofana, who was shot and killed there on June 6.  Kubany was friends with Moussa from the soccer program. He was a star on the boys’ ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A state grand jury this week voted to not file any criminal charges against an Orange police officer who fatally shot a Newark man in 2019, authorities announced.  Jamahl Smith, 46, of Newark, was shot and killed in July 2019 by an Orange officer, according to authorities. The fatal ...

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NEWARK, N.J. – An Essex County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for his role in conspiring to defraud two banks of $250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks, as two men from South Orange await sentencing, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. The ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutors Office just released the following statemenT: Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program is now offering a reward of up to $50,000 for ...

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UPDATE: Sebastian Rios, 2, was found early Saturday in Monterey, Tennessee, where 27-year-old Tyler Rios, of Highland Park, was arrested, authorities said. The boy’s mother, 24-year-old Yasmine Uyar, of Rahway, has yet to be found, authorities said. RAHWAY, NJ — An Amber Alert has been issued ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Property that once sat within an arm’s reach of where Reaching Adolescents in Need Foundation Founder Elaine Helms was born in Newark will now become a first-of-its-kind supportive housing project for homeless LGBTQ individuals.  Located on the corner of Roseville and Sussex ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — It's been nearly four weeks since Moussa Fofana was shot and killed at Underhill Sports Complex, and no one has of yet been arrested for the crime. Hundreds of friends and concerned community members came out to Ritzer Field behind Columbia High School last night to support his ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — After the county moved some prisoners held at the Union County jail in Elizabeth to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark earlier than the Elizabeth jail’s planned July 1 closure, the Board of Commissioners approved adding $1.57 million to cover the cost. At ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Former Maplewood Mayor Fred Profeta has donated $10,000 in addition to what was already offered as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Moussa Fofana. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office sent the ...

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WASHINGTON, DC — This morning, the United States Supreme Court ruled that governments can continue to enforce nondiscrimination laws — including nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ persons — so long as they do so consistently and fairly.   The Court's highly anticipated decision resolves a ...

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CLINTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday his plan to close the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, the state's only women's correctional facility, following an investigation into a violent attack on prisoners in January. Murphy's administration released an investigative report ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force will host an in-person and virtual public meeting on Saturday, May 22. During the public meeting, members will listen to the personal experiences of community members formerly incarcerated or detained at Essex County ...

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