Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A judge agrees the 4th District state assemblyman was stopped unconstitutionally by a police officer who is now charged with official misconduct.
Calling it “fruit of the poisonous tree,” Gloucester County prosecutors dismissed drunken-driving charges against state Assemblyman Paul Moriarty Tuesday. Moriarty, a 4th District Democrat, had fought allegations he was driving drunk from the moment of his July 31, 2012, arrest. Moriarty immediately maintained he had not been drinking and that the arresting officer, Washington Township Patrolman Joseph DiBuonaventura, abused his power. The tables eventually turned on DiBuonaventura, who was suspended from the force and recently indicted on a slew of charges, including official misconduct, stemming from the arrest. On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson dismissed the charges against Moriarty following a motion by the …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Three Washington Township police officers allege in official reports the smell of an alcoholic beverage emanated from state Assemblyman Paul Moriarty shortly after he was pulled over and arrested July 31.
State Assemblyman Paul Moriarty has repeatedly claimed he was framed by a Washington Township police officer since his drunken-driving arrest on July 31, 2012. "I had not been drinking. I was driving safely and appropriately," Moriarty said Friday afternoon in his first statement to Patch since his arrest. "Watch the video. The tape doesn't lie." In addition to the arresting officer, at least two other officers signed investigative reports in which they indicate they smelled alcohol in the police station room where the Democratic assemblyman and former Washington Township mayor was processed on the DWI charge, according to documents the Gloucester County municipality released to Patch Media Corp. last week. Moriarty can be overheard on a …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Patch receives videos it requested in July from Washington Township Police Department after a successful legal action.
Washington Township last week released to Patch Media Corp. police dashboard-camera videos that include the July 31, 2012, arrest of state Assemblyman Paul Moriarty on drunken-driving charges. The Gloucester County municipality also released documents that reveal it was a call from a Washington Township police officer's cousin to the officer's personal cell phone that apparently set in motion the events that led to Moriarty's arrest. Police documents also show the officer's relative indicated during a follow-up interview conducted nearly two months after Moriarty's arrest that he could not recall telling his cousin the assemblyman appeared to be drunk when he saw him. Washington Township Police Det. Martin Calvello received information …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Count down with us the top 10 stories that drew Gloucester Township readers' attention in 2012.
With the year coming to a close, we’re taking a look back at the most-read stories in 2012 on Gloucester Township Patch. Looking at the top 10, readers clearly care a lot about police news in town. All of the top 10 stories involve some police angle, and include charges against three Triton teachers, an on-duty cop allegedly buying illegal prescription drugs and more. Here are the most-read stories from Gloucester Township Patch in 2012: 10. Prisoner Disarms Gloucester Twp. Cop, Shoots and Injures 3 Officers Three Gloucester Township police officers were shot the morning of Dec. 28 inside the police station by a prisoner who had been arrested hours earlier on a stalking charge. The gunman, 39-year-old Eddie Jones III, was shot and killed …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Patch Media Corporation wins a lawsuit against Washington Township for violating open public record laws surrounding state Assemblyman Paul Moriarty's July arrest.
Washington Township, Gloucester County, violated open public records laws when officials refused to release police dashboard video of Assemblyman Paul Moriarty’s drunken-driving arrest, a judge found Friday. Washington Township must turn over the complete video of the traffic stop and subsequent arrest, as well as other records in the case within two weeks, Assignment Judge Georgia M. Curio ruled, saying the public’s right to access the video trumps counterarguments. Curio heard the case in state Superior Court in Bridgeton, where she sits. Patch Media Corporation sued Washington Township’s police records custodians and township attorney John Armano after they denied requests made under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) for the arrest …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Joseph DiBuonaventura is suspended without pay now.
- On NJ.com
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
The Washington Township police officer who arrested Assemblyman Paul Moriarty in July is suspended after the legislator signs complaints against him.
UPDATE 4:40 p.m. 11/19: Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura's suspension took effect on Oct. 22, Washington Township Police Capt. Richard Leonard told Patch by email Monday afternoon at 4:30. The suspension was handed down the same day a municipal court judge ruled there was probable cause on 13 of 27 complaints Assemblyman Paul Moriarty filed against the veteran police officer in connection with the legislator's July 31 arrest. A so-called Loudermill hearing has been held to determine whether DiBuonaventura will remain suspended with pay or be taken off the Washington Township payroll during his suspension, Leonard said. The hearing results are pending. ---------- The Washington Township police officer who arrested Assemblyman Paul Moriarty on …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
A South Jersey judge signs off on 13 of 27 complaints Assemblyman Paul Moriarty filed last week against a Washington Township cop who charged the legislator with DWI in July.
A municipal court judge has ruled there is enough probable cause on 13 of 27 complaints New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty filed last week against the Washington Township police officer who arrested the legislator on suspicion of driving while intoxicated this summer. Moriarty filed 27 criminal complaints against Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura last Tuesday. The complaints allege the veteran police officer committed perjury and official misconduct, filed false police reports, and falsified and tampered with public records. In a letter she sent to Moriarty and his attorney, John Eastlack, on Monday, Vicinage 15 Municipal Division manager Carole Cummings notes that Judge John Casarow reviewed the complaints "for determination of probable …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
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 …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Gloucester Township Patch's parent company wants to force Washington Township Police to turn over the footage of the assemblyman's July 31 arrest.
Patch Media Corporation has filed suit in state Superior Court to force Washington Township to release police dashboard camera footage of state Assemblyman Paul Moriarty’s arrest. The complaint, filed Friday in Woodbury, accuses Washington Township (Gloucester County), its police records custodian and its solicitor of violating New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act, which makes official documents and materials open for public inspection. Moriarty, a Democratic 4th District state assemblyman, was arrested in Washington Township on July 31 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Patch Media filed the lawsuit on behalf of Gloucester Township Patch, whose editors have attempted to access the footage since shortly after Moriarty’s arrest. The…