Author Archives: Joe Lombardo

New Jersey Sheriffs’ Association Announces Results of Child Support Enforcement Sweep

From July 15th to July 17th, 2014, a number of South New Jersey counties, including Salem County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County, Camden County, Cape May County, Burlington County, and Atlantic County, participated in a 3-day sweep for non-custodial parents who owed child support. Salem County Sheriff, Charles Miller, announced that 760 parents delinquent on their child support payments had been apprehended. The stated goal of the sweep was to round-up non-custodial parents who have avoided their court-ordered child support obligations. Additionally, parents who have failed to appear at hearings to establish support were also targeted by this sweep. From the 760 warrants served, approximately $130,995.95 was recovered. While in isolation this recovery seems to be impressive, it failed to recovery even 1% of the total amount owed. The total amount of money owed on the issued warrants was $14.8 million. However, despite the small percentage collected, every cent truly does count when it comes to the upbringing and well-being of children. Hopefully news of enforcement actions like this one will encourage more non-custodial parents to pay their child support obligations.

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Outrage Over Slain Officer Triggers Push to Reinstate Death Penalty in New Jersey

Capital punishment is a sensitive, controversial, and hotly-debated topic in America.  But whatever your personal stance on the matter may be, one fact remains objectively true: the death penalty vanished from New Jersey in 2007.  That year, then-Governor Jon Corzine abolished capital punishment in the Garden State, with Senate Bill 171 substituting the former death penalty with a sentence of life without parole.  Since then, other states have followed suit, including Maryland, Connecticut, and Illinois.  But now, some voices are calling for New Jersey to revert back to its old laws.  In the aftermath of Jersey City Officer Melvin Santiago’s tragic shooting death, Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-Jackson) is pushing New Jersey to bring capital punishment for “cop killers” back to the table.

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New Jersey Courts Restrict the Use of 3rd Party Substitutes in Divorce Matters

Ocean County Superior Court Judge, Lawrence Jones, has ruled that the use of 3rd party substitutes via New Jersey’s  Revised Durable Power of Attorney Act  (N.J.S.A. 46:2B-8.1) is inappropriate in most divorce matters. The ruling was issued in 2013, but was not published until Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The ruling has been hailed by family law attorneys and public interest groups as a common-sense approach to the previously unaddressed issue. The Hon. Lawrence Jones’ opinion in the matter of Marsico v. Marsico states, “Particularly in the realm of matrimonial and family court litigation, the entire fact-finding procedure is heavily dependent upon the testimony of the parties themselves, and involves a focus on otherwise private issues.”

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Cancer with No Surgery, Or Surgery with No Cancer? Dental Malpractice Horror Stories

Along with clowns and spiders, dentists terrify most Americans.  Most of us will quietly tolerate various solutions, injections, and surgeries to other parts of our bodies, yet the moment our sensitive teeth enter the equation, the fear factor shoots through the roof.  If you’re one of the many who are already nervous about tooth care, you may want to duck out of reading this blog post while you still have the chance — because in this entry, we’ll be looking at some devastating cases of dental malpractice.

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Attention New Jersey Drivers: Increased Fines for Driving with Cell Phones

Cell phones can be immensely useful and entertaining — sometimes, to a dangerous extent. As cell phone use continues to rise, so do the potential hazards of distracted drivers getting behind the wheel. Effective beginning July of 2014, the state of New Jersey will impose increased fines for drivers talking or texting on mobile devices while driving.  What do you need to know about cell phone traffic violations and their penalties in New Jersey?

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Stars Sued Due to Dog Attack

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars Kaitlin Olsen and Rob McElhenney, who play Dee and Mac on the show, have been sued after an alleged dog bite incident at the couple’s home. The mother of the injured child is seeking unspecified damages to cover damages including past and future medical bills. The mother, Julie DeLagarde, states that he daughter will be permanently scarred unless she undergoes additional reconstructive surgeries. While the events occurred at a Father’s Day party at the couple’s actual home in Los Angeles, for a moment let’s suspend belief and imagine that these events occurred in the Always Sunny universe where Dee and Mac were throwing a party in South Jersey.

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New Jersey Doctor Loses License After Sexually Abusing Patient

The sexual abuse of a vulnerable patient is one of the most reprehensible and abhorrent forms of misconduct medical malpractice can take. This month, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners ruled Flanders, New Jersey neurologist Dr. Jonathan Fellus abused a 33-year-old female patient suffering from a brain injury.  His medical license has been revoked, and will not be eligible for reinstatement for another three years.  Dr. Fellus is also facing a civil lawsuit.

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Massive DWI Checkpoint Stops 193 Drivers After NJ Concert

DWI and DUI checkpoints are a subject of ongoing controversy.  Their proponents feel they are a perfectly reasonable safety measure which curb fatalities and boost road safety.  Their detractors say they are invasive, unnecessary, and downright unconstitutional.  But, like it or not, such stops are upheld in New Jersey.  Last Sunday, a massive post-concert checkpoint screened nearly 200 motorists outside the PNC Bank Arts Center — but happily, resulted in no DWI arrests.  What should you do if you’re stopped at sobriety checkpoint in New Jersey? Continue reading

New York Man Breaks World Record (and Bank) with $2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Lawsuit

We’ve all rolled our eyes at frivolous lawsuits, but this one really breaks the bank.  No — really.  Even the most outraged claimants tend to gain some embarrassed self-awareness around the nine-zero mark, but Anton Purisima has no patience for silly thousands, millions, or billions.  He wants undecillions.  Never heard of that word?  Don’t worry — that’s only because it’s a brain-melting eight levels above one trillion.  And Mr. Purisima would like two of them, please.

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Camden Woman Found Murdered in Monroe Township

Craigslist is to forums what Facebook is to social media: the undisputed king.  More than 60 million people from around the world browse through Craigslist every day, so of course, a few of them turn out to be dangerous.  But in an unlikely twist to the expected story, Craigslist itself wasn’t the fatal factor in this murder case: it was simply a link in a chain of tragic events.  A Camden woman was found murdered in Monroe Township after making arrangements to purchase a car via Craigslist. Though the suspects initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, they eventually confessed to burying Fatima Perez alive.

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