BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - When asked whether Judges Silva and Troiano should resign for their reprehensible decisions in cases involving sexual assault of minors, Jon Bramnick said that he "would have to listen to all of the facts" before calling for them to resign. LD21 Democratic candidates Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacey Gunderman issued the following statements in response.
"The facts of this case are crystal clear to anyone who reads a newspaper. The young women in these cases were victimized twice - once by their rapists and again by the judges who minimized their Trauma. Judges like Silva and Troiano do not belong in public office, nor do politicians like Jon Bramnick who refuse to take action to remove them," said Mandelblatt.
"As a mother of two young boys, my sons need to know that there are severe and concrete consequences to their actions. Judge Troiano put the ‘potential’ of an abuser's future above the value of the life of a victim and Judge Silva refused to try the rapist of a 12-year-old as an adult because she felt his crime was not ‘an especially heinous or cruel offense’. It sickens me that these judges are still on the bench and that my opponent will not call for their removal. All three of them need to go,” said Gunderman