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July 20, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by an open-government activist who contends that the public should be allowed to view electronic data and metadata kept by local government agencies. In summer 2013, John Paff requested a log of the emails sent by the Galloway Township police chief and the township clerk during a two-week period in June 2013, and then sued in an Ocean County court when his request was denied. A judge in 2014 ordered that the information be released to Paff, the chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project.
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October 26, 2006 | By Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The New Jersey Supreme Court is one of the most closely watched and well-regarded state courts in the nation, with a reputation for scholarly legal analysis and political independence. And as yesterday's decision opening the door to same-sex marriage showed, it certainly doesn't shy away from the difficult issues of the day. "There's just a long list of cases in which the New Jersey Supreme Court has been in the forefront, and often other states have fallen into place after the New Jersey Supreme Court paves the way," said Sally F. Goldfarb, a law professor at Rutgers School of Law in Camden.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday adopted a new ethics standard for judges, as it ruled that two lower-court jurists who dined with a longtime friend who had been indicted had compromised judicial integrity by creating an appearance of partiality. The high court did not impose sanctions on the two, but made clear that going forward, such behavior would face punishment. The judges had argued that the earlier standard used to evaluate their conduct was too subjective.
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June 11, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Tuesday claimed a significant legal victory in a yearlong battle with public-sector unions over pension funding, even as analysts warned that the state's long-term fiscal condition remained precarious. The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the state could not grant public workers a legally enforceable contract to greater pension funding, even though Christie signed a 2011 law establishing just that. In a 5-2 decision, the justices said that the state constitution prohibited the governor and the Legislature from establishing such a contract without voter approval, because it would create a long-term debt.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Are the drivers who deliver Sleepy's mattresses employees or independent contractors? The outcome of a case argued Monday in New Jersey Supreme Court could have major ramifications for businesses and workers. "This argument is about more than my three drivers," said Anthony L. Marchetti Jr., the Cherry Hill lawyer who filed a lawsuit in 2010 on behalf of Sam Hargrove, Andre Hall, and Marco Eusebio. That's because appellate judges in federal court, where the case was originally filed, have asked New Jersey's Supreme Court to devise a test to be used to determine, in general, whether workers are employees or independent contractors under New Jersey state wage laws.
NEWS
June 17, 2008 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Defense lawyers who unsuccessfully challenged the use of a new device to test drunk drivers in New Jersey have taken their fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. After a three-year legal battle, the state Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that the Alcotest machine was scientifically reliable and allowed its test results to be used as evidence. The Alcotest has been rolled out across New Jersey to replace the Breathalyzer test. The defense lawyers cannot challenge the ruling that the device is reliable.
NEWS
December 15, 2000
At a time when the nation is digesting a stomach-churning lesson in the anxieties of constitutional crisis, it is hard to fathom how any lawmakers, no matter how myopic or arrogant, could sponsor legislation designed to create such a crisis. But that's what New Jersey State Assemblymen Michael Carroll and Guy Talarico did last week. The two Republicans from North Jersey are fed up with the state Supreme Court having the last, or next-to-last, word - especially since the court's word so often defies their druthers.
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Joseph Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Same-sex marriage formally became law in New Jersey Monday after Gov. Christie dropped a Supreme Court appeal aimed at overturning a lower court decision that cleared the way for gay nuptials. In a statement, the governor's office said the Supreme Court's decision Friday not to issue a stay delaying gay marriages during the appeal left no doubt how the court would ultimately rule. Christie's decision came just hours after same sex couples exchanged vows on the date the lower court had set for start of gay marriages.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the latest twist on the continuing legal tangle over whether workers are defined as employees or independent contractors, the New Jersey Supreme Court said Wednesday that workers are considered to be employees unless the company can prove otherwise. The case, filed in 2010 in federal court in New Jersey, was closely-watched by business owners and unions. Three New Jersey men, two from the area, who delivered Sleepy's mattresses contended they were improperly classified as independent contractors, causing them to lose benefits and forcing them to cover expenses that should have been paid by Sleepy's L.L.C.
NEWS
April 25, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
As a New Jersey Superior Court judge, William J. Cook was proud of his decision in a 2000 case overturning a mayoral election in Chesilhurst. "There was a very strong grassroots movement to vote for somebody who was not on the ballot," his son, William F., said. His decision, upholding write-in votes, stated that "the law required equal access for those types of candidates," his son said, a move upheld by the New Jersey Supreme Court. The Inquirer reported then that Judge Cook had ruled "the county's write-in instructions were insufficient and that the shoe-box-sized voting models, which are required at election sites whenever possible, did not provide proper illustrations for casting a write-in ballot.
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July 20, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by an open-government activist who contends that the public should be allowed to view electronic data and metadata kept by local government agencies. In summer 2013, John Paff requested a log of the emails sent by the Galloway Township police chief and the township clerk during a two-week period in June 2013, and then sued in an Ocean County court when his request was denied. A judge in 2014 ordered that the information be released to Paff, the chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project.
NEWS
June 29, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - The New Jersey Legislature on Monday sent Gov. Christie a $34.8 billion budget that for the first time in recent years attracted several votes from Republican legislators. The Democratic-controlled Legislature's budget, up $1 billion from the appropriations bill Christie signed into law a year ago, includes the same amount of spending the Republican governor recommended in his February proposal. The Senate voted, 28-11, with five Republican votes, to pass the measure, and the Assembly voted in favor, 50-27, late Monday.
NEWS
June 23, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Employers cannot discriminate or terminate workers for going through a divorce or separation, the New Jersey Supreme Court said in a ruling Tuesday. The decision stemmed from a case in which an employee of the Millville Rescue Squad in Cumberland County said he was fired in 2006 after telling a supervisor he was divorcing his wife - who also worked there - and having an affair with another coworker. Mario A. Iavicoli, who represented the former employee, Robert Smith, said Tuesday that the ruling was critical for the broader workforce in New Jersey.
NEWS
June 7, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Just how much affordable housing New Jersey must provide for in the decade ahead may hang in the balance Monday when an appeals panel convenes in Mount Holly's historic Olde Courthouse. Three judges of the Appellate Division are to consider whether municipalities have a persisting obligation to zone for all the housing units that went unapproved between 1999 and 2015. During that period, the state failed to devise a formula for calculating those obligations under the New Jersey Supreme Court's Mount Laurel decisions.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
New Jersey's revenues are projected to fall more than $600 million short of what is budgeted for the fiscal year ending next month, the state treasurer said Wednesday, in large part due to income-tax collections missing their marks. Acting Treasurer Ford Scudder told lawmakers that the Christie administration would fill the hole by shifting money from a number of areas that have underspent and cutting into the projected budget surplus. As for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, the administration has revised the $34.8 billion budget Gov. Christie proposed in February, reducing projected income-tax collections by $443 million.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
The New Jersey Supreme Court has let stand a lower-court ruling that a Gloucester County family must pay part of a $4 million fine and a $2 million environmental cleanup cost after the family acquired a contaminated thermometer plant and converted it into a children's day-care center without removing the building's toxic mercury vapors. The decision last week not to hear the appeal caps a 10-year legal battle that started soon after the state Department of Environmental Protection discovered the Kiddie Kollege day-care center had opened in 2004 in an abandoned factory in Franklinville.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - The state Senate on Monday confirmed Walter Timpone as a justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, resolving a political standoff that had lasted for most of Gov. Christie's tenure. The Senate voted 33-1, a sign of bipartisanship that stood in stark contrast to the contentious and at times ugly yearslong fight between Christie, a Republican, and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) over the ideological composition of the court. With the appointment of Timpone, a Democrat, each justice on the seven-member court has now been confirmed by the Senate, as envisioned by the state constitution.
NEWS
April 25, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
As a New Jersey Superior Court judge, William J. Cook was proud of his decision in a 2000 case overturning a mayoral election in Chesilhurst. "There was a very strong grassroots movement to vote for somebody who was not on the ballot," his son, William F., said. His decision, upholding write-in votes, stated that "the law required equal access for those types of candidates," his son said, a move upheld by the New Jersey Supreme Court. The Inquirer reported then that Judge Cook had ruled "the county's write-in instructions were insufficient and that the shoe-box-sized voting models, which are required at election sites whenever possible, did not provide proper illustrations for casting a write-in ballot.
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - A key Senate panel on Thursday unanimously approved Gov. Christie's nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court, clearing the way for his confirmation next week. The Judiciary Committee's hearing and 13-0 vote followed a surprise move last week, when the Republican governor joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) at a news conference to announce he was nominating a Democrat, Walter Timpone. The Senate's confirmation of Timpone, 65, of Cranford, would break a years-long impasse over the partisan balance on the court.
NEWS
April 16, 2016
It was good to see Gov. Christie finally end his six-year attempt to make the New Jersey Supreme Court a partisan minion, but his latest nominee to the court raises questions that deserve thorough scrutiny by the state Senate before he is confirmed. Walter F. Timpone, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1984 to 1994, raised controversy in 2001 when federal agents investigating U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli feared he had tipped off Torricelli that one of Timpone's legal clients had been asked to wear a hidden microphone in a meeting with the senator.
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