Courts

Court affirms $10M jury award to N.J. correctional officer in discrimination claim

BY: - January 31, 2024

The $10 million in punitive damages awarded to a correctional officer in a discrimination lawsuit was reasonable, an appeals panel ruled.

Morris County woman’s imprisonment for Facebook posts sparks free-speech fight

BY: - January 29, 2024

Monica Ciardi says her Facebook complaints about judges are free speech. But Morris County authorities deemed them threats and jailed her.

Kenneth Eugene Smith executed by nitrogen gas for 1988 murder-for-hire scheme

BY: - January 26, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from Smith that argued the method violated his Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

Republicans’ challenge of defamation case tests new state law targeting frivolous lawsuits

BY: - January 25, 2024

An Englewood Cliffs lawyer sued three council members for campaign mailers he said defamed him. Critics warn the suit threatens free speech.

Courts can’t force Gov. Murphy to fill vacancies on defunct affordable housing board, judges say

BY: - January 23, 2024

Tuesday's decision is a defeat for the towns behind a lawsuit seeking to force Gov. Phil Murphy to make appointments to the defunct Council on Affordable Housing.

New state public defender aims to bring modern approach to indigent defense

BY: - January 23, 2024

Jennifer Sellitti, a 17-year veteran of the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, will take over the top job Feb. 1.

New Jersey’s top court rejects challenge of witness tampering law

BY: - January 18, 2024

At issue is whether a carjacking suspect's letter to a victim was free speech or witness tampering.

N.J.’s high court allows warrantless search of bag abandoned during arrest

BY: - January 18, 2024

The defendant in the case the court reviewed had no right to challenge the warrantless search of a suitcase he had abandoned outside Newark Penn Station, the court ruled.

N.J. high court hears case that could lead to limit on non-disparagement agreements

BY: - January 17, 2024

New Jersey Supreme Court justices appeared to doubt the claim that non-disparagement agreements are allowed in cases involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment.

New Jersey Supreme Court raises bar for terroristic threat charges

BY: - January 16, 2024

A person similar to the victim must find statements threatening to sustain charges, the high court ruled in a Freehold man's case.

New Jersey argues courts can’t stop it from shutting down private immigration jail

BY: - January 12, 2024

New Jersey and prison operator CoreCivic are battling in court over whether the state can ban private companies from detaining immigrants.

Menendez says claims against him involve ‘neither official action nor breach of official duty’

BY: - January 10, 2024

Menendez claims some of the claims are constitutionally barred while arguing others fail to name an official act needed for bribery charges.