Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Administrator John Bonnani notified Robert Bianchi of the policy change this week, report says.
Morris County Administrator John Bonnani notified former Prosecutor Robert Bianchi this week he no longer will receive a county paycheck, according to the Daily Record. Bonnani told the newspaper the Attorney General's office advised in an email on Friday that Bianchi, a resident of Morris Plains, was not necessarily entitled to pay even though his successor has not yet been approved by the New Jersey Senate, contrary to the county's initial interpretation of the law. Bianchi was earning around $3,100 a week, the newspaper reported. Bianchi was on the payroll for about a month after the Attorney General's office took over the Morris County Prosecutor's Office on Dec. 14 at Gov. Chris Christie's request. The "supersession" effectively …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Discovery was made Tuesday near Long Hill Road in Harding Township.
A body was pulled out of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Tuesday in Harding Township, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said. The body was found just off a trail near a parking lot on Long Hill Road in Harding Township, according to Harding Police. Long Hill Road runs through the swamp and into Long Hill Township. According to Harding Police, the road is a common destination for hikers and cyclists, and there are marked trails throughout the area. Christopher Kimker, of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, is leading the ongoing investigation. No further information has been released.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Complaint claims law that allowed Attorney General to take over Morris County Prosecutor's Office at Gov. Chris Christie's request is unconstitutional.
Former Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi is suing to try to have the courts overturn a law that allowed the Attorney General to take over the Morris County Prosecutor's Office on Friday at Gov. Chris Christie's request, according to The Star-Ledger. Bianchi's father filed the lawsuit Monday on his son's behalf, claiming the law that allowed the Attorney General's Office "supersession" on Friday is unconstitutional because it conflicts with another state law that says a governor can only remove a county prosecutor after showing cause and holding a public hearing, the report says. Christie said in a news conference Friday uncertainty about the status of the position hurts office morale, according to reports. Christie requested the move…
Friday, December 14, 2012
Fredric Knapp, Christie's nominee to replace Robert Bianchi, sworn in as acting county prosecutor.
The state Attorney General's Office took over for the Morris County Prosecutor's Office Friday morning, removing Robert Bianchi as the county's top lawman at the request of the governor. Gov. Chris Christie requested the move in order "to promote an orderly and speedy transition to Prosecutor (Robert) Bianchi's successor, and to ensure uniform and efficient criminal law enforcement in Morris County," an Attorney General's Office spokesman said. Fredric Knapp, a Florham Park attorney who had been nominated by Christie in June to be the next county prosecutor, but never was considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee, was sworn in as acting county prosecutor on Friday. Democratic State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, a Bianchi supporter and member of…
Monday, December 10, 2012
Robert Bianchi is handling the prosecution of Vanessa Brown, charged with killing Ralph Politi Jr. in alleged DWI crash in May.
The Morris County prosecutor has announced he is assuming the prosecution of another high-profile case, even though his five-year term was up in June. Vanessa Brown, a Parsippany resident charged with manslaughter for allegedly killing an elected Board of Education official from East Hanover in a DWI crash in May, will be prosecuted by Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi himself, according to a report by The Star-Ledger. Bianchi told a judge Monday he is assuming the prosecution of the case after the assistant prosecutor who had been handling the case left for a job with a private firm. According to the report, Bianchi told the judge he has managed the prosecution from the start, has been in touch with the family of Ralph Politi Jr., …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie 'continues to fully support' Fredric Knapp and wants there to be a fair hearing, his deputy press secretary says.
The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet next Thursday, but Gov. Chris Christie's nominee for the next Morris County prosecutor is nowhere on the agenda. Fredric Knapp, a Randolph resident and founding member of the law firm Knapp, Trimboli & Prusinowski in Florham Park, was nominated in June for the position, but the Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet considered the nomination. "Since the Governor filed his nomination, it continues to languish in the Senate," Sean Conner, Christie's deputy press secretary, said in an email this week. "The Governor continues to fully support Mr. Knapp and hopes he will receive a fair, open hearing and an up or down vote." Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari would …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Family court judge to decide if two men who were underage at the time of the alleged incident should be tried as adults.
The waiver hearing to determine if two Morristown men—juveniles at the time of an alleged sexual assault in 2011—can be tried as adults began Thursday with detailed and at times graphic descriptions of the alleged incident. The two men, along with 19-year-old Tyrec Phillips—an adult at the time of the alleged incident who has appeared in adult criminal court—are accused of giving a 17-year-old girl something to drink at a Hazel Street home in September 2011 that caused her to fall in and out of consciousness. The three then allegedly drove the unconscious girl to a secluded spot on Monroe Street, near Evergreen Cemetery, where they are accused of having sex with her. Phillips was released Sept. 21 from jail on $100,000 bail—reduced from an…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Judiciary committee has not yet ruled on governor's nomination, Florham Park attorney Fredric Knapp, to replace Robert Bianchi.
Even though Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi's term technically ended more than five months ago, he is prepared to personally handle the prosecution of a man charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly crashing while intoxicated into a Mount Arlington police cruiser on Interstate 80 last October and killing Joseph Wargo, the officer inside. Referring to the fact his five-year appointment officially ended June 22, Bianchi told a judge Monday his status as prosecutor is "tenuous" and he will work to have a contingency plan for if he is replaced near the time of the defendant, Michael Cassella's, trial, according to reports by the Daily Record and The Star-Ledger. Bianchi's involvement in the case comes amid the departure of an …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Public invited to comment as part NJSACOP's assessment.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Residents of Morris County will be able to comment as part of the assessment when the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police will examine the Morris County Prosecutor's Office for accreditation. The NJSACOP will be arriving on Dec. 9 for an on-site assessment of all aspects of the office's policies, procedures, management, operations and support services, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi. As part of the assessment, office employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments on Dec. 10, between 1 and 11 a.m, according to Bianchi. Residents can call 973-285-6272 to comment. Comments are limited to five minutes and must address the office's ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards, Bianchi …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Reputed James Bond Gang members caught after alleged Connecticut burglary, Morris County incidents still under investigation, prosecutor says.
A team of investigators arrested five members of a burglary crew suspected of targeting high-end homes across North Jersey, including in Morris and Somerset counties, just as the thieves were trying to crack open a stolen safe at a Bergen County garage late Thursday, authorities said. Five Englewood men were charged after investigators learned they had burglarized a home in a wealthy section of Greenwich, Conn., the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday. Items taken from the home, including the safe, were seized in the bust, along with burglary tools. Several of the men have lengthy criminal histories, some with links to the James Bond Gang, a high-end burglary syndicate rooted in Teaneck and Englewood. "I have taken the …