Body Cameras Coming to NJ State Police

July 30, 2015 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

By early 2016, all New Jersey State Troopers will be equipped with body cameras for recording interactions with the public. Governor Chris Christie has allocated $1.5 million of the State Police’s budget for recording devices and state officials have announced an additional $2.5 million in grants to help with purchasing costs. Once cameras are fully [...]

NJ Bill Expands DNA Testing for Criminals

July 23, 2015 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

The New Jersey Legislature has recently passed a bill that expands the availability of DNA testing to all criminal defendants who say they were wrongfully convicted. Prior to this bill, only defendants who were incarcerated on a criminal offense could take advantage of  DNA testing at the cost of the state. New Jersey was one [...]

Amber Alert System Stirs Controversy In New Jersey

July 8, 2015 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Earlier this week, nine-month-old William Merino Jr. was abducted by his father, 26-year-old William Merino, at knifepoint. An Amber alert was issued and then later canceled when the child was found safe and sound, sitting on a bench with his father in New Brunswick, NJ. Merino was charged with kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a [...]

NJ Courts Adopt New Formula for Setting Bail

July 7, 2015 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

According to a recent New York Times article, New Jersey and 20 other jurisdictions across the US will be adopting a new algorithm for setting bail. The new method, developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, calculates a defendant’s bail based on two given scores: one for their likelihood of committing a crime and [...]

NJ Police Announce New Body Camera Pilot Programs

June 28, 2015 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

According to a Police Executive Research Forum survey, a quarter of police departments nationwide are using body-worn cameras. Recently, select Monmouth and Bergen County precincts have announced that they will initiate pilot programs equipping police officers with body camera technology in New Jersey. Officers in the pilot program will wear the weatherproof cameras to record [...]

NJ Bill Set to Rehabilitate Juvenile Justice System

June 16, 2015 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Although crimes committed by juveniles and adults can be similar in nature, there are key differences in the way the justice system handles juvenile offenses. A recent bill passed by the NJ Senate proposes a new set of rules for youth solitary confinement which would revamp the juvenile justice system and make it more difficult [...]

NJ Supreme Court Rules: Landlord Tipoffs Cannot Replace a Warrant

June 4, 2015 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

According to a recent New Jersey Supreme Court ruling, police must obtain a warrant to search a private home, even when a landlord, plumber, electrician or other houseguest spots drugs, firearms, or other potentially illegal activity inside. In the unanimous ruling, the Court reiterated that the constitutional right to privacy is strongest when it comes [...]