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 …
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 …