Criminal Justice

Jersey City says armed cops cannot use cannabis off duty. Police union says that’s ‘pure hogwash’

BY: - February 1, 2024

Jersey City officials have argued that federal law bars anyone who owns a firearm from using cannabis, a claim the union disputes.

Lawsuit seen as crucial test of police use of facial recognition technology

BY: - February 1, 2024

Nijeer Parks was wrongfully arrested for shoplifting in Woodbridge, solely because a facial recognition system chose him as a "possible hit."

50 years later, a painting stolen by the mob in New Jersey turns up in Utah

BY: - January 30, 2024

The artwork was stolen from a New Jersey doctor’s home in a salacious crime that implicated a state senator and members of the Gambino crime family.

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.

Sen. Menendez asks judge to suppress gold bars, other evidence ‘illegally’ obtained

BY: - January 23, 2024

Sen. Bob Menendez said none of the evidence prosecutors obtained comes remotely close to implicating his knowing involvement in the charged bribery schemes.

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.

County jail conditions — ‘hazardous even to a dog’ — spur calls for independent oversight

BY: - January 22, 2024

New Jersey's 16 county jails don't have the independent oversight state prisons face. Critics say bad jail conditions prove it's needed.

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.

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.

Philadelphia is latest city to restrict ski masks in public spaces

BY: - January 12, 2024

Philadelphia's ban, introduced last June, came after a series of fatal shootings involving masked suspects.

Family of mother who fatally overdosed in Monmouth jail sues for wrongful death

BY: - January 11, 2024

A new federal lawsuit accuses Monmouth County correctional officials of ignoring a thriving, deadly drug trade behind bars.