Month: July 2020

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Excessive Force Suit Can Proceed

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Excessive Force Suit Can Proceed

In Bryheim Jamar Baskin v. Rafael Martinez, (A-70-18/081982) (Decided July 9, 2020), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that a Camden police officer is not entitled to qualified immunity on summary judgment. According to the court, the issue of whether Detective Martínez’s use of deadly force was objectively reasonable

Understanding How You May Be Impacted by the Permit Extension Act of 2020

On July 1, 2020, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the “Permit Extension Act of 2020” into law. The new law (Assembly Bill No. 3919) extends certain permits, approvals, and deadlines for the duration of the public health emergency associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The law took effect immediately and is retroactive to


NJ Supreme Court Rules Due Process Protections Needed in COVID-19 Prisoner Release Process

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently held that due process protections must be added to the process by which New Jersey prisoners may seek a medical furlough under Executive Order 124. Specifically, the court held in In the Matter of the Request to Modify Prison Sentences, Expedite Parole Hearings,