US Supreme Court Rejects NJ Pension Case

March 23, 2016 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

The US Supreme Court has stated that it will not preside over the legal dispute between New Jersey public labor unions and Governor Chris Christie. The battle over the state pension system dates back to a law signed in 2011, which contractually obligated the state to make pension fund contributions in exchange for government employees […]

Court Rules Jurors Cannot Participate in Criminal Sentencing

March 21, 2016 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Recently, an appellate court ruled that jurors cannot impact sentencing after finding a defendant guilty. According to the panel, “a judge may not consider for sentencing purposes any comments from a deliberating juror… Consequently, deliberating jurors are not permitted to participate at a defendant’s sentencing proceeding.” In the case under discussion, a New Jersey man […]

Court Holds NJ Child Welfare Agents had Immunity from Lawsuit

March 18, 2016 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

The US Court of Appeals recently ruled that the New Jersey caseworkers who took a child from her mother were immune from a lawsuit because they had no prior notice that they were violating the mother’s constitutional rights. This reverses the decision of U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson, who ruled that the caseworkers did not […]

NJ Sheriff’s Office Arrests 133 for Delinquent Child Support Payments

March 13, 2016 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

A recent sweep in New Jersey led to the apprehension of more than 100 parents who had failed to pay child support. The state-wide sweep was conducted by the local sheriffs in conjunction with the NJ Division of Criminal Justice, Trenton Police Department, and the US Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force. The sweep […]

First Life Sentence for Cyberstalking Leading to Murder

February 29, 2016 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Earlier this month, 70-year-old Lenore Matusiewicz was sentenced to life in prison. She is reportedly the first person in the United States to be convicted in a case of cyberstalking that led to the death of the victim. In NJ, this offense would full under NJSA 2C:33-4.1. Lenore, her husband Thomas (an ex-cop from South […]

NJ Law Allows Mental Health Care for Teens without Parental Consent

February 25, 2016 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Governor Chris Christie recently signed a bill that allows teens aged 16 and older to access mental health care treatment without the permission of a parent. New Jersey is the 17th state to pass such a law, but it is the first state where teenagers actually helped construct the law and advocated for it in […]

Wait Period for Expungement Gets Shortened in NJ

February 21, 2016 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Governor Chris Christie signed legislation last month which will shorten by half the wait period for expungement. The expungement process seals records of a person’s arrests, detention, or conviction if the expungement is approved by a judge. The new law shortens the wait period from 10 to five years for a criminal conviction  and from […]