Hoboken cops recently charged five young adults with various drug offenses, per the news. Indeed, the charges include drug possession and drug possession with intent to distribute, per nj dot com. It all began when the cops saw an illegally parked car. Additionally, the cops claim the vehicle was registered to an individual with a suspended license. But the news report does not indicate what made the position of the car illegal. Furthermore, although the vehicle apparently moved, the news omits that detail. Instead, the news indicates the cops stopped the vehicle two blocks from the illegal parking spot. While approaching the vehicle, the cops allegedly saw a cloud of smoke exit from the window. And apparently it was the driver’s window, but the news is ambiguous about that too. Moreover, the cops allegedly detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana inside the vehicle. Read more
A five month investigation in Hudson and Passaic counties resulted in a drug bust involving eight people, per the news. Indeed, the cops charged residents of North Bergen and Clifton on various drugs and weapon charges. Consequently, the charges against two include leading a narcotics trafficking network. Additionally, the charges include possession with the intent to distribute prescription legend drugs and possession of a prohibited device. As well, the charges include conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering. Furthermore, charges include unlawful possession of a weapon during commission of a drug offense, and unlawful possession of weapon. Also, the cocaine charge includes conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Moreover, marijuana charges include conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Read More
This arrest, however, was not the result of chance. On the contrary, at 4 p.m. authorities received a report about a suspicious male in a nearby Whole Foods parking lot. But the media does not disclose what the male did that appeared suspicious. Read More
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., The Common Law 1 (1881).
The Hopatcong cop charged with simple assault after his encounter with an air horn wielding individual in a bunny costume has made the news again. If nothing else, this will provide a case study, an object lesson if you will, in the justifications for punishment. I learned this in law school, so you might want to pay attention.
Apparently, the Sussex County First Assistant Prosecutor recently charged the officer with harassment, too. Indeed, one might say the government is providing the officer with on the job training for something that the criminals already know—don’t get caught. And let’s be candid. Read more
RIVERSIDE TWP.—Local cops charged an allegedly drunk train passenger with aggravated assault on a police office. The NJ Transit River Line passenger had allegedly consumed alcohol and cursed at passengers, per the news. Police claim the man had multiple open containers of beer when they approached him. Additionally, while escorting him off the train, the man allegedly assaulted one cop. Furthermore, they claim the senior citizen spit in the face of another. Eventually, the cops took the passenger to a hospital for his extreme level of intoxication. Consequently, Read more
Willingboro cops charged a woman for allegedly killing her husband, per nj dot com. Charged with murder and a weapons charge, she allegedly struck him over and over with a fire extinguisher. Another press release from law enforcement passed off as the news. Who might question their narrative?
This is the final post in a series on the mental culpability element in criminal law. The previous posts addressed the common law and the Model Penal Code (“MPC”). Those posts are available here, here, and here. This post, however, will discuss statutory reform and New Jersey’s adoption of the MPC in the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice. Furthermore, this post will focus on the General Requirements of Culpability under New Jersey law. Read more