1. State v S R, Union County Superior Court.
The defendant was charged by way of a four (4) count indictment with one count of second degree sexual assault against a minor, one count of second degree attempted sexual assault, one count of third degree endangering the welfare of a child and one count of third degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child. Defendant was subject to 85% sentencing of between 5 and 10 years on each second degree count under the No Early Release Act (NERA) and Megan's Law sentencing. After a 2 week trial in early August, 2010, the jury deliberated approx. 3 hours and 20 minutes and the defendant was found not guilty on all 4 counts.
2. State v F G, Union County Superior Court.
The defendant was charged with one count of second degree sexual assault. Defendant was subject to NERA (85%) sentencing between 5 and 10 years and Megan's Law sentencing. The rape trial lasted approx. one (1) week. During this November, 2010 trial, the State offered to amend (dismiss) the second degree sexual assault count to third degree terroristic threats with a recommendation for a probationary sentence. Defendant accepted the amended probationary plea which no longer had NERA (85%) and Megan's Law consequences.
3. State v A E, Monmouth County Superior Court.
The defendant was charged with three (3) counts in an indictment with first degree racketeering, first degree conspiracy to commit racketeering, and second degree witness tampering. The defendant faced NERA (85%) sentencing of 40 years on the first degree racketeering counts not including applicable extended terms. The negotiated plea at the end of June, 2010 resulted in dismissal of both of the first degree racketeering counts and a guilty plea to witness tampering as amended to a third degree offense. The defendant received a 4 year flat term New Jersey State Prison (NJSP). The defendant is alleged to be a four (4) star general in the Bloods Gang.
4. State v J S, Monmouth County Superior Court.
The defendant issued over $550,000.00 in Bad Checks to Monmouth Raceway Track. The checks were issued over a several month period of time. The defendant initially faced second degree sentencing exposure between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison (NJSP). The negotiated plea in August of 2010 amended the charge to one count of Issuing a Bad Check, a third degree offense. At sentencing in November of 2010, the defendant received non-custodial, no jail probation with the requirement that he make restitution of $2,000.00 per month over the course of a 5 year period of probation.
1. State v Marcus Bascus, Essex County Superior Court.
Mr. Bascus is alleged to have provided the gun used by a co-defendant in the off-campus Seton Hall University party which resulted in the death of a college student. The case is pending in the Essex County Superior Court. Mr. Bascus asserts his innocence and vehemently denies any role in the shootings. The defendant is charged with murder, several counts of attempted murder and various weapons offenses. No weapon has been recovered at present.
2. United States vs J O.
The defendant is alleged to have committed wire fraud and aggravated identity theft through purchasing on a large scale DUMPS (usually contain credit card and debit card account information of the true card holders and also include social security numbers, date of births and addresses) and the recoding of DUMPS onto magnetic strips on credit cards, gift cards and used as a legitimate credit card would be, but transactions are charged to the person whose identity was stolen and fraudulently placed on the new card. The defendant has three (3) pending New Jersey Superior Court criminal cases in three (3) jurisdictions as well as a pending federal criminal matter in the Eastern District of Virginia.