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Crivelli & Barbati Achieve Favorable Verdict for Five State Corrections Officers Sued for Civil Rights Violations

Posted in Public Employee Discipline
Following a two week trial presided by the Honorable Anne E. Thompson, USDJ, in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, a jury of ten men and women unanimously returned a verdict of “No Cause of Liability” against three State Corrections Officers, a State Corrections Sergeant and a State Corrections Lieutenant.  In the suit… Continue Reading

Possible Move of Juvenile Inmates to Adult Prisons

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law
  According to an article published in the Trentonian on October 1, 2009, plans are in the works to put New Jersey’s most troublesome juvenile inmates in the custody of the adult prison system. This move, in turn, could potentially take the Juvenile Justice Commission (“JJC”) out of the incarceration business. In connection with this move, sources… Continue Reading

Corrections Officer Charged In Fake Grenade Incident

Posted in Public Employee Discipline
  As reported by the Asbury Park Press on August 24, 2009, Keith Trimmer, 41, a senior corrections officer at Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility, has been charged with bringing an imitation hand grenade into the facility on May 13, 2009, creating a disturbance, according to the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office. Other correction officers saw the… Continue Reading

Correction Officer Recruit Trainee Pilot Demonstration Program Declared Void

Posted in Civil Service Appeals
  On July 23, 2009, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division issued its opinion in the case of James Liik, et al v. New Jersey Department of Personnel/New Jersey Department of Corrections, Docket Number A-4121-06T2. This particular opinion has widespread implications in regard to pay and seniority of thousands of New Jersey corrections… Continue Reading

Corrections Officers–Are Budget Cuts Placing Your On The Job Safety At Risk?

Posted in Pay and Overtime
Gannet News Services ran an article in today’s Asbury Park Press that discussed how the New Jersey Department of Corrections saved 2.6 million dollars in overtime spending by slightly "tinkering" with the Department’s overtime policies.  As all corrections officers and supervisory personnel are aware, the minor tinkering that is discussed in the article is what… Continue Reading

Blanket Strip Searches of Non-Indictable Offenders, Performed Without Reasonable Suspicion Are Unconstitutional

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law
In the matter of Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington, Civil Action No. 05-3619, the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, addressed the issue of strip searches of non-indictable offenders. Plaintiffs consisted of a certified class to include all arrestees charged with non-indictable offenses, which were processed at… Continue Reading

Legislative Proposal Seeks to Provide Law Enforcement Officers Pay Status When Appeals of Termination Are Not Resolved Within 180 Days

Posted in Civil Service Appeals
  This blog entry will focus upon our review of certain statutory proposals currently pending in the New Jersey Legislature concerning the pay status of law enforcement officers when appeals of termination are not resolved within 180 days. These proposals are set forth in Assembly Bill Number 3481.  Assembly Bill 3481 concerns the suspensions of… Continue Reading

Internal Affairs Records and Reports May Be Released Subject to Redaction

Posted in Internal Affairs
In the case of Spinks et al. v. The Township of Clinton et al., 52-2-1684, The Township of Clinton sought to bar the release of an internal affairs investigation of the police department that was submitted to the trial court as part and parcel to a summary judgment proceeding.  The Township argued that the disclosure of these types of… Continue Reading

Service as a Public Safety Officer and The First Amendment–Blurring the Line

Posted in Public Employee Discipline
In the case of Leek v. New Jersey Department of Corrections, 33-2-0497, a Senior Corrections Officer appealed the New Jersey Department of Personnel, Merit System Board’s decision to uphold the Department’s issuance of a thirty (30) day suspension for violation of the Department’s internal rules and regulations and conduct unbecoming a public employee.  The case revolved… Continue Reading

Be Sure to Perfect your Appeal of Major Discipline within the Alloted Twenty (20) Day Time Period

Posted in Public Employee Discipline
In an unpublished opinion, the Appellate Division, Superior Court of New Jersey upheld the decision of the Merit System Board, New Jersey Department of Personnel, that the appellant’s failure to file his appeal of the Final Notice of Disciplinary Action within twenty (20) days from the issuance of the Final Notice of Disciplinary Action barred him… Continue Reading

Federal Corrections Officer Murdered at Atwater US Penitentiary

Posted in Workers Compensation
I was driving home from a legal seminar in Northern Virginia today when I received and E-Mail message from Sergeant Steve Brzdek, President of The New Jersey Law Enforcement Supervisors Association, the collective bargaining unit that represents all New Jersey State Supervisory Law Enforcement Personnel. The E-mail informed me that a Federal Corrections Officer was brutally… Continue Reading