By MichaelMH Published Jan 29 2023
Have you heard about the controversial actions of New Jersey's Municipal Courts? Despite their responsibility to bring justice and protect citizens' rights, these courts have been caught violating due process by using workarounds. It's like playing Simon says, but instead of "Simon says jump," it's "the court says jump and forget your rights."
And here's the shocker - the Municipal Courts in NJ have some of the highest guilty verdicts in
the country. You heard right, guilty until proven rich enough to afford a good lawyer. And if you refuse a civil fine offer or a guilty plea, you could spend between five and ten thousand dollars in legal fees before even having a probable cause hearing.
But wait, there's more! The police love to use the "Disorderly Persons" charge as if they're throwing confetti at a parade. This charge is supposed to be used for, you guessed it, disorderly behavior. But in NJ, it's becoming more a tool of harassment to silence anyone who disagrees with the authorities, including public auditors, political foes,
and protesters exercising their right to speak up, and in some cases Elected Officials have used it to silence free speech on Facebook and other social media platforms.
So, what can be done about it? The Justice Department or the Republican-controlled Congress needs to form a committee to take a closer look at these courts and their practices. It's time for a review to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect for their rights. The use of the "Disorderly Persons" charge should also be closely examined, along with the high guilty verdict rate.
In conclusion, it's time to fix this issue and restore the public's trust in the judicial system. Fundamental rights like due process, freedom of speech, and other liberties must be protected and upheld by the courts. If not, they're not fulfilling their duty. And if NJ wants to call itself a justice state, it better start acting like one. Not like an organized crime family like The Sopranos.