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Katherine Hartman is honored to accept an appointment as Chair of the Merit Selection Panel for the reappointment of Joel Schneider, United States Magistrate Judge. The Committee will work over the summer to make a recommendation to Chief Judge Simandle, prior to the October 30, 2014 end of Judge Schneider’s term....
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Katherine Hartman will be presenting a free expungement seminar on May 20, 2014, at the Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Boulevard (off Woodland Road) in Westampton, New Jersey from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This seminar is sponsored by the Burlington County Superior Court Vicinage, Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns, and the Burlington County Bar...
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New Jersey lawmakers have advanced a bill to allow all convicted drunken drivers the option of having ignition interlock devices installed in their cars as an alternative to license revocation. The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously recommended passage of S-385. The legislation would make an interlock device available to all persons convicted of drunk driving with...
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On February 26, 2014, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division overturned a lower-court’s decision regarding police officers’ actions in the case of State of New Jersey v. Ramier A. Dunbar (Docket No. A-5722-12T2).  The lower court had suppressed evidence (a handgun), ruling that the “Terry Stop” of the defendant was unconstitutional.  Here, the...
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Congress is currently considering the E-mail Privacy Act (HR 1852), a bi-partisan bill that would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). ECPA was passed in 1986 when e-mail was not widely used (‘e-mail’ as a term wasn’t even commonly used until around 1993!) and cloud storage was a futuristic fantasy. ECPA says that government...
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Employees are entitled to up to twenty days of unpaid leave if they, their child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, or civil union partner is a victim of domestic or sexual violence.  Each incident of violence entitles the employee to leave, but in no case is the employee entitled to more than twenty days of leave...
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Governor Christie signed a law yesterday, which would prohibit workplace discrimination against women because of pregnancy, child birth and child birth recovery.  The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed the Bill and the Assembly passed the Bill 77 to 1.  This law is an express prohibition on employers treating pregnant women less favorably than others who...
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Governor Chris Christie signed a law on January 22, 2014, which criminalizes cyber-harassment.  This Bill which was passed unanimously in both the Assembly and Senate on January 13, 2014, makes it a fourth degree crime to use any electronic devise or social networking site with the purpose of harassing someone.  This crime is punishable by...
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D.W.I. CONVICTION OVERTURNED Michael Mormando, an attorney at the law firm of Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, recently won a municipal appeal on behalf of his client’s D.W.I. case in the New Jersey Superior Court.  The case was originally heard in municipal court, and then was heard in Superior Court on appeal.  Michael won the appeal, and...
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