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Assemblyman Moriarty Files Charges Against Cop

Assemblyman Paul Moriarty files criminal complaints against the Washington Township police officer who arrested him on a DWI charge in the summer.

New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty has filed criminal complaints against the Washington Township police officer who arrested him July 31 on the charge of driving while intoxicated, the Gloucester County Times reported on Wednesday.

Moriarty alleges with the complaints, which were filed Tuesday, that Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura committed perjury and official misconduct, filed false police reports, and falsified and tampered with public records, according to the report.

"What happened to me a few months ago shouldn't happen to anyone. There was no legal reason to even stop my car," Moriarty said in a statement issued to the Times. "This officer crossed the line."

Moriarty, a former Washington Township mayor and four-term assemblyman whose district includes Gloucester Township, has denied consuming any alcoholic beverages the day he was arrested on the DWI charge. He has also publicly claimed his arrest was a case of an "abuse of power."

Moriarty is scheduled to make an initial appareance on the DWI charge in Bridgeton Municipal Court on Thursday, Nov. 8. The case was moved to the Cumberland County town's court to avoid conflicts of interest.

In addition to DWI, DiBuonaventura cited Moriarty for refusing to submit to blood-alcohol content testing and failing to maintain a lane.

Patch Media Corp., the parent company of Gloucester Township Patch, is suing Washington Township for access to the police cruiser's dashboard camera video of DiBuonaventura's arrest of the Democratic 4th Legislative District assemblyman.

Washington Township's custodian of police records, Capt. Richard Leonard, and it solicitor, John Armano, denied repeated requests by Patch for the video.

Big Daddy 1 October 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Let's say Paul is innocent and he was pulled over and arrested for no reason. Should he trust that same cop to administer and make the readings for the test?
Michael October 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM
An being the outstanding politician that he is, Moriority never lies. It wouldn't be fitting of a man in his position of power right?
Big Daddy 1 October 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Sadly, our lives are run by all kinds of liars - including police, politicians, and judges.. The video should speak the truth. I am sure that Paul's attorney has seen it. It is the police that are withholding it. Those facts don't prove anything, but they sure plant the seed of suspicion.
Roger Delgado October 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM
It does not matter whether the cop was justified or not in pulling him over. The law that Morarity SPONSORED made it clear: you get pulled over you must submit to a BAC test. You don't it is an automatic DUI conviction. If he thought it unjust he shouldn't have SPONSORED the legislation. This is typical ruling class arrogance of thinking the rules are only for everyone else and not him. He is trying to deflect to the officer. If this were any one of us, we would not be able to use the cops reason for pulling us over to argue against the refusal of the BAC test. Man up Morarity and accept the rules of law YOU PUT INTO PLACE. If you cannot live by YOUR OWN RULES then it is time for you to resign in disgrace. Why should any of us live by the rule of law when the lawmakers don't? I could live with him being guilty of the DUI. No one is perfect. Accusing the cop is a disgrace. I guess they are removing civil service rules in Camden County so future officers will let the next Norcrat go with out even a warning.
Michael October 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I agree, but I would venture to guess that there are many more honest and ethical law enforcement officers out there than there are honest and ethical politicians.
Joe October 18, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Well put. "This is typical ruling class arrogance of thinking the rules are only for everyone else and not him."
Paul J. DiBartolo October 18, 2012 at 03:50 PM
This is the same type of thinking that now has the TSA reaching down everybody's pants at the airport and all the additional abuses that take place at the airport. Remember when we used to be innocent until proven guilty? How did it turn into "prove you're innocent or else you must be guilty"?
Darren Gladden October 18, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Well written Roger .....
OCNJ October 18, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Ditto on Roger. Hopefully some day the video will come to light. I am sure the media will be all over his trial and will report their video observations.
Schu October 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Moriarty sponsors a law that says if you don't submit to a breathe test then you're guilty, so when he gets pulled over he refuses and it's the cop fault. The hypocrisy is off the chart on this situation. It's our fault because we the voters keep electing these Norcross hacks every 2-4 years.
Megatron13 October 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM
The video is evidence in the case. Why should patch have access to evidence in an open case?
Michelle Wolfson October 19, 2012 at 02:35 AM
The footage is subject to New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act, which makes official documents and materials open for public inspection. I believe are siting the video being evidence in an open investigation as a reason for it being exempt from this. As for what grounds the police have there, I don't know know. I am sure Sean McCullen can/will chime in on that soon, as he is probably the one who initially filed the request..
D. H. October 19, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I can see the headlines I a few months. An agreement for both sides to drop all charges... Pure BS, refuse the breath test, your guilty.
Sean McCullen (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 05:01 PM
We're going to let the fact that we've filed a lawsuit seeking access to the video speak for itself. Anyone who wants to read our argument supporting our assertion that the video should be released can do so here: http://patch.com/A-ybVh
John Perle October 20, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I spoke with Paul M. when he was mayor of Wash.Twp..He admitted to me he is a double dipper as if there is nothing wrong with that.This is the ongoing attitude that is displayed by many politicians and others.Welcome to NJ.I can't wait to move. John P. Wash. Twp. resident (sadly)
Pad October 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Refusal to take the Blood Alcohol test say's it all. What was he trying to hide by refusing to take a test that takes a few minutes. After this is over the officer should sue him for defamation of character and filing false charges against him. during an arrest there is alway's more then one officer involved at some point. They would have seen his actions and been able to tell if he was under the influence of alcohol. Just another politician who believes he is above the law due to his elected position. Lot's of luck trying to get re-elected after this one is over.
josephine October 21, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Sounds Like Mt.Olive Township. Some of these cops think there judge & jury!!!!!!!!!
Big Daddy 1 October 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I just watched the video on the NBC - 10 website (Moriarity Video search). Moriarity drove fine and did the field sobriety tests fine. There was no cut off as the officer kept saying. While in his police car, you hear the officer say someting about the A-S-S license tag (A-S-S for assembly). You can also see that the cop always kept a car length or so behind the car in front at red lights so he could make a quick lane change onto the shoulder (Moriarity was a few cars further up). There was no reason for the pull over or the arrest. He was chasing after Moiarty unsafely long before the alleged cutoff. This was a cop on a mission - possibly due to the assembly license plate (maybe union related). Would you take a test administered by this stalker? Hell no. No wonder the police wouldn't release the video. That cop should be fired and arrested. The people should not be forced into being pulled over and tested by a maniac with a badge.
Big Daddy 1 October 22, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Correction: The cop didn't say A-S-S, but he did say it was an assembly tag on his radio. That cop was out to get an assembly person that day. Looks like the tables have turned. Go get him Paul.
Big Daddy 1 October 22, 2012 at 05:10 PM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Police-Release-Surveillance-Video-of-Paul-Moriarty-Arrest--174953311.html?fb_ref=s%3DshowShareBarUI%3Ap%3Dfacebook-send&fb_source=email The entire video is at the bottom in 3 parts.
Roger Delgado October 22, 2012 at 05:20 PM
@Big Daddy: I think many objective people looking at the video would think the Assemblyman could have been targeted. That is not what offends people abou this case. What is offensive is the Morarity is one of the leaders of the movement towards automatic convictions and fines for non-compliance on issues like the BAC test and distracted driving. These are "feel good" laws that give more power to the state. For him to refuse the test and have his court date pushed back twice is an insult to the people who have had their licenses suspended for the automatic DUI. I personally do not like these types of laws even though I am also against drunk driving. Mr. Morarity claims the officer abused his power and was targeting him. Armed with the law the Morarity is a sponsor of, seems ironic huh? Now imagine if GT cops (or the new Camden police force) found out who you were and targeted you or any of the other critics on Patch based on your criticisms of the Mayer Administration and Norcrats everywhere. Do you really think you would get out of the automatic DUI claiming they are retaliating for your political statements? The judge would laugh in your face. The argument of a personal vendetta against the Assemblyman is weak and a joke. If Mr. Morarity does not like giving police the ability to mandate a BAC test or else you get an automatic DUI then maybe Mr. Morarity needs to go back and repeal some of his own laws. Otherwise suck it up and live like the rest of us do.
Paul J. DiBartolo October 22, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Hmmmm, The Thot Plickens!
Big Daddy 1 October 22, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Ironic isn't it. I do get your drift Roger. So maybe this will cause a change. The Cop said it was an assemblyperson tag on his radio. So yes, this cop was out to get somebody that day. Let's hope some good comes out of this.
Roger Delgado October 22, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Here is where you lost me Big Daddy. Just because he is telling dispatch it is an Assembly tag does not mean he was targeted. Don't police officers have to call in every tag they pull over? I assume any kind of high profile person might warrant extra attention such as a supervisor becasue of the potential for the kind of crap Morarity is pulling. But what do I know, I am just an ordinary person without special privilages because of my political connections.
Big Daddy 1 October 22, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Wasn't just the radio message. It was the turn around, stalking and lying at the scene. And no one is cutting Moriarity any slack. He had to hire a lawyer and a police expert. Hence the postponements. The rest of us probably can't afford to do that. Maybe a positive change in our laws will happen.
Paul J. DiBartolo October 22, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Exactly, I received an unclear red-light ticket and spent 4 hours in morning court to contest it and have it dropped. Did anyone offer to reimburse me for my time? Guilty until you prove yourself innocent. Tell me again why they can't understand why it becomes an 'us against them' mentality.
Darren Gladden October 22, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Cause we the people Earn the right to see the video, Now Relax Tron
Carolyn Williams November 14, 2012 at 08:46 PM
This officer is by the book and I find it an insult to say he was'nt. What if he turned a blind eye and said ok sir you can go. And 5 miles up the road a family or the driver was killed and test were done and Paul was 2.0, then what would we be saying about the officer, he failed to do his job because Paul was a important.
Carolyn Williams November 14, 2012 at 08:57 PM
This police officer was protecting our roadways. Political people get behind the wheel just as we do after a drink or two. Our tag is called in, some of us have personal tags not state ones and when i have driven behind these tags I comment on these tags. After the accident on 42 a few months ago and a woman lost her life, I want our officers to check all drunk drivers or drivers not driving correctly out. Save our friends and children from being in the wrong place at the drunk drivers time.
Big Daddy 1 November 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I posted the video above. You can look for yourself. Moriarity was not drunk and the cop is caught lying. It's that simple.

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