Author: Donald Scarinci

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Probable Cause Required for Domestic Violence Warrants for Weapons

In State v. James Hemenway, (A-19-18/081206) (Decided July 24, 2019), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that the Domestic Violence Act’s standard for the issuance of search warrant for weapons, particularly in a defendant’s home, could not be “squared with the probable cause requirement of our State and Federal

New Jersey Supreme Court Questions Use of Mug Shot Database

In State v. Kwesi Green, (A-56/57-17/080562) (Decided June 23, 2019), the Supreme Court of New Jersey raised questions about the use of electronic databases to identify suspects in criminal cases. It will also require new safeguards going forward. “The Court proposes revisions to Rule 3:11 to offer clearer guidance on

NJ Supreme Court to Consider Cannabis in the Workplace

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently agreed review the Appellate Division’s decision in Justin Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings, Inc. d/b/a Feeny Funeral Home, LLC. The case involves whether the protections afforded by the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination extend to medical cannabis users. Facts of the Case Plaintiff


NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Requirements for PFRS Survivor Benefits

In S.L.W. v. New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits, the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that children of Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) members are not required to meet a dependency requirement to be entitled to survivor benefits. According to the court, its conclusion is consistent with


NJ Supreme Court Confirms Co-Worker Not Liable for Failing to Report Colleague’s Underage Sexual Relationship

In G.A.-H. v. K.G.G., (A-25/26-18/081545) (Decided June 26, 2019), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that the employer and co-worker of a man who sexually abused a minor can’t be held liable for failing to report the abuse to law enforcement. According to the court, no reasonable trier of fact

New York Overdose

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules State Lacked Jurisdiction to Prosecute New York Overdose

In State v. Noel Ferguson, the Supreme Court of New Jersey held thatNew Jersey lacked territorial jurisdiction to prosecute three defendants for a drug-induced death that occurred in New York. While New Jersey criminalizes illicitly distributing drugs that cause death to the user as a strict-liability offense, New York does

Intermittent Sentencing

New Jersey Supreme Court Opposes “Intermittent Sentencing”

In State v. Rene M. Rodriguez, the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that repeat offenders charged with operating a motor vehicle after their licenses have been suspended for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can’t serve their sentences intermittently on nights or weekends pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:43-2(b)(7), which allows a court

New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies When Prolonged Traffic Stop Violates the Fourth Amendment

In State v. Dwight M. Nelson, (A-60-17/080159) (Decided May 8, 2019), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that the wait for a canine unit’s arrival prolonged the defendant’s traffic stop. However, the delay was justified by independent reasonable and articulable suspicion that defendant possessed drugs and, therefore, did not