New Jersey State Police Sergeant who allegedly lied about the calibration of alcohol breath-testing (Alcotest) devices remained silent during his arraignment this week, per the news. Otherwise, Sergeant Marc Dennis entered a not guilty plea to official misconduct, tampering with public records, and falsifying records.
Who is a Public Servant?
This week I blogged about Official Misconduct. Applying to any public servant, this includes
any officer or employee of government, including legislators and judges, and any person participating as juror, advisor, consultant or otherwise, in performing a governmental function, but the term does not include witnesses.”
N.J.S.A. 2c:27-1(g) (adopted from MPC § 240.0(7)).
Despite its broad sweep, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently applied it narrowly. The defendant in State v. Morrison, a volunteer EMT, worked for a private rescue squad. The squad got municipal funding for back-up emergency medical services. The Court ruled an EMT falls outside the meaning of public servant.
The court’s holding did not turn on the fact that the squad provided only back-up medical services. Instead, the court excluded any EMT squad from the term “public servant” because the service is public and private. This post will summarize the Court’s analysis. Read more
A New Jersey State Prison corrections officer allegedly took bribes to smuggle contraband, per the news. Initially, some heroin overdoses took place at the Trenton jail, according to the press. Subsequently, the Department of Corrections (D.O.C.) investigated. The defendant allegedly smuggled heroin, suboxone, marijuana, tobacco, and a cell phone, per nj dot com. Consequently, the State charged the defendant with Official Misconduct, under N.J.S.A. 2c:30-2. (In addition, the State charged money laundering, conspiracy to distribute drugs, bribery, and conspiracy to use certain electronic communication devices in correctional facilities, according to the press.)
In other news, the NJ Attorney General indicted Read more
Two teens allegedly fled police in a stolen vehicle and disappeared on a private school campus in Hightstown, New Jersey. One suspect according to the media allegedly drove the vehicle recklessly and fled from police in the automobile. Next, after crashing at the school, the pair ran onto campus and disappeared after hopping a fence, according to the press. Eventually officers arrested them hiding on the roof, according to nj dot com. Consequently, police charged the older suspect with Eluding, according to media reports, among other allegations. Read more
How does 18 months in a New Jersey State Prison sound? If you had $10,000 to spare, would you give to the government? Certainly you can think of better ways to spend your time. And obviously you do not want to donate more of your hard earned money to the government than the taxes it already takes from you. Those are only two of many penalties you could face if you were charged with impersonating a police officer. Authorities in Jackson, NJ charged a motorist with this offense, per the news. The charge stemmed from a car stop five days earlier. Read More