Category Archives: Legal News

Cosby ordered to stand trial in alleged sex assault


NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on sexual assault charges. But the decade-in-the-making courtroom confrontation between the comedian and his accuser was deferred for another day. At the case’s first evidentiary hearing, Montgomery County prosecutors opted not to call Andrea Constand to testify — a move Cosby’s lawyers decried as “garbage.”…

Scalia died of natural causes; justice’s body returned to Virginia


WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died of natural causes and no autopsy was necessary, a judge has told The Associated Press. Chris Lujan, a manager for Sunset Funeral Homes in Texas, said the 79-year-old jurist’s body was taken from the El Paso facility late Sunday afternoon and was to be flown to Virginia,…

Three-fourths of NJ Sheriffs Double Dip, Led by 25-Year ‘Retiree’


Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura For the past quarter century, Armando Fontoura has been looting a New Jersey state pension fund. But it won’t do any good to call the cops. Fontoura is sheriff of Essex County. A dean among double-dippers, he draws $207,289 a year from public coffers — $144,896 in salary plus $62,393 from…

Deflategate Judge Presses NFL On Lack Of Evidence


Federal Judge Richard M. Berman challenged the National Football League Wednesday at a Manhattan courthouse on its evidence linking New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to a practice of deflating footballs. The hearing surrounding lawsuits between Brady and the NFL over his role in the scandal known as “Deflategate” offered no clear settlement, despite Berman’s repeated…

Should Atlantic City try to block casinos elsewhere in NJ?


ATLANTIC CITY — With proposals to expand casino gambling to other parts of New Jersey gaining momentum, Atlantic City is faced with an existential choice: fight to the end to try to keep it from happening, or accept it as inevitable and extract the most concessions it can from new, in-state competitors. It’s a question the…

Lawyer: Tracy Morgan ‘has a new lease on life’ after settling Wal-Mart crash lawsuit


An attorney for “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan said this morning the actor and comedian has “a new lease on life” after settling his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a June 2014 New Jersey Turnpike crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. Benedict Morelli, in a “Today” show appearance, said Morgan…

How A Drug Dealer, Robert Kraft And A ‘Skunky Smell’ Could Exonerate Aaron Hernandez


The prosecution in the high profile Aaron Hernandez murder trial is expected to call its last witness on Thursday before resting their case against the former New England Patriots tight end. Hernandez plead not guilty to the June 17th, 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of Hernandez fiancée’s sister. Thus far, the prosecution has called…

Miami drug cop went rogue to aid N.J. trafficking ring


NEWARK — A former Miami police lieutenant who once devised strategies for dismantling drug gangs admitted Tuesday that he played a pivotal role in a New Jersey trafficking ring that hid cocaine in shipments of bananas and smuggled guns out of the country on a commercial airliner, prosecutors say. Ralph Mata, 45, of Broward County, Fla.,…

Paterson man agrees to testify against others in heroin in death of Allendale man, 22


YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Paterson man charged in connection with the overdose death of an Allendale man took a deal from prosecutors today that will allow him to walk away with probation in exchange for his testimony against the others. Defense attorney Diane D’Alessandro, Timothy Volpe (STORY / PHOTOS: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Correspondent Mary…

N.J. CEO sentenced in immigration fraud


ELIZABETH — The head of an immigration consultation firm that provided fraudulent documents involving sham marriages is now headed to prison. Federal prosecutors say 36-year-old Maxwell Poku, of Union, received a two-year sentence on Friday. He also will forfeit $10,500, and computer media and equipment seized from the business when he was arrested in August 2012.…