Is New Jersey’s War on Drugs Over?

July 11, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Back in 2011, Governor Christie declared that the so-called “war on drugs” was a failure. Since then, he has been advocating for drug treatment and rehabilitation instead of incarceration. Recently, at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference, Mr. Christie said, “I believe if you’re pro-life, as I am, you need to be […]

Supreme Court: Anonymous 9-1-1 Tip Enough to Support a Traffic Stop

May 27, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s most recent Fourth Amendment decision in Navarette v California, decided last month, police can rely entirely on an anonymous tip about a single instance of bad driving—for example, a single swerve— to justify a DWI traffic stop. In this case the driver and his passenger happened to be transporting 30 […]

The Ability to Expunge a Criminal Record May Come to New York State

March 18, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

During his annual State of the Judiciary address, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman recently proposed new criminal expungement measures to prevent citizens from being penalized forever for one mistake. During his annual State of the Judiciary address, Chief Judge Lippman advocates allowing convicted criminals to wipe their records clean as long as they avoid an arrest […]

Essex County Mother and Daughter Convicted for Stealing Nearly $600,000 in Unemployment Benefits

February 20, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

On December 20, 2013, Janice Allen, 57, and Janice Dilligard, 37, a mother and daughter from Newark, were convicted for filing false unemployment insurance fund claims and stealing a total of $585,304 from New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Specifically, the pair was convicted of second-degree conspiracy, second-degree theft by deception and second-degree financial facilitation, […]

Bieber’s Superbowl Flight Gives New Meaning to Phrase Mile “High” Club

February 11, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

En route from Canada to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on January 31st, Justin Bieber upset his flight crew and stirred an investigation by Port Authority cops, customs officials, and DEA agents by smoking marijuana aboard his private jet. On his way to attend Superbowl weekend festivities, the 19-year old star and his 10-man entourage, […]

New Jersey Extends Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) to Municipal Courts

November 11, 2013 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

On September 6th, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill establishing a conditional dismissal program for cases concerning disorderly person offenses under municipal court jurisdiction. The new law, which creates a municipal version of Pre-Trial Intervention, will take effect January 4, 2014. Previously, such interventions were only available for cases adjudicated at the Superior Court […]

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One Year in NYC Prison Costs as Much as a 4-Year Ivy League Education

October 3, 2013 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

$167,731—that’s roughly the cost of an Ivy League education, and according to New York City’s Independent Budget Office, that’s how much NYC’s Department of Correction spent per inmate, per year in 2012. That comes to $460 per day for each of the 12,287 average daily inmates that were in New York’s custody. If that number […]

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