Municipal Court Reform – A Time for Fairness!

Posted by Daniel Rosenberg on October 8, 2018

On July 17, 2018, a New Jersey Supreme Court committee issued a scathing report calling for municipal court reform. The committee, formed by Chief Justice Rabner, called for the end of excessive monetary penalties and discretionary sanctions such as the suspension of driver’s license privileges,  and questioned political influences that can affect judicial independence. A…

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Flying High in the Friendly Skies

Posted by Daniel Rosenberg on October 2, 2018

Kid Rock sang about “flying high” and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is making it a reality by permitting travelers to possess small amounts of legal marijuana in their carry-on luggage and travel through LAX.  The LAX Official Site has posted its new policy: While federal law prohibits the possession of marijuana (inclusive of federal…

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Marijuana Update  – Where There’s Smoke…

Posted by Daniel Rosenberg on September 18, 2018

New Jersey remains on the verge of legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.  Legislation may permit marijuana to be used in “consumption spaces” and to be delivered to homes.  Check here for a progress update on the effort to legalize marijuana.

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Dashcam Videos: To Release or Not Release?

Posted by Daniel Rosenberg on September 10, 2018

In New Jersey, videos of deadly police shootings are required to be released to the public. In a recent ruling, a divided New Jersey Supreme Court held that a wider category of police videos do not need to be made available to the public. In 2014, police officers pursued and arrested a driver who had…

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Marijuana and Expungements: Seeing Through the Haze

Posted by Daniel Rosenberg on September 3, 2018

The state of Marijuana laws in New Jersey have been in limbo for the past few months.  The New Jersey Attorney General has suspended prosecution for minor marijuana cases pending a vote that will potentially make marijuana legal for recreational use.  Medical Marijuana is already legal here in New Jersey. If marijuana is legalized in…

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Update on Marijuana Cases – Strike the Match?

Posted by Daniel Rosenberg on August 23, 2018

On July 24, 2018, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal asked all County Prosecutors and Municipal Prosecutors to seek an adjournment of any marijuana related offense pending in municipal court, to September 4, 2018 or later.  Today (August 23, 2018), it is being reported that the attorney general’s office will not seek to extend the statewide…

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NOT GUILTY – Attempted Murder

Posted by Daniel Rosenberg on August 11, 2018

          In March, 2017, Markeith Bryson was arrested and charged with First Degree Attempted Murder and 5 other felony charges, including Aggravated Assault and Weapons charges.  The alleged victim in the matter, Eugene Greshan, was found in possession of drugs and a stolen shotgun.  Soon after being charged, criminal trial attorney…

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Is Bail Reform Coming to Municipal Court?

Posted by Daniel Rosenberg on July 31, 2018

Beginning in 2017, New Jersey all but eliminated cash bail for those arrested for crimes prosecuted in Superior Court.  Under Bail Reform, those arrested for crimes remain in pre-trial detention based on an assessment of the  danger they pose to the community and the risk that they will show up for court, rather than the…

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New Jersey Suspends Prosecution of Marijuana Cases

Posted by Daniel Rosenberg on July 24, 2018

On July 24, 2018, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced that effective immediately, all marijuana cases pending in municipal courts statewide have been adjourned until September 4, 2018. Possession of any amount of marijuana is illegal in New Jersey.  Possession of small amounts of marijuana, less than 50 grams, are prosecuted in municipal courts…

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Federal Ruling Declares it Unconstitutional to Suspended Driver's License of People Too Poor to Pay Fines

Posted by Daniel Rosenberg on July 16, 2018

FEDERAL JUDGE IN TENNESSEE DECLARES LICENSE SUSPENSIONS FOR PEOPLE TOO POOR TO PAY FINES UNCONSTITUTIONAL On July 2, 2018, Judge Aleta Trauger, a United States District Judge, ruled Tennessee’s systemic use of driver’s license suspensions as a tool to collect fines unconstitutional.  It’s about time. James Thomas was approximately forty-three (43) years old and suffered…

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