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 …
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.
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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 …
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…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The four-term Democratic state assembylman was arrested Tuesday afternoon in his hometown of Washington Township.
Paul Moriarty was a political newcomer when he won a landslide victory against incumbent Randee Davidson in the 2004 Democratic primary in Washington Township, Gloucester County. He then easily beat the Republican challenger in the general election to become mayor. The following year, he ascended to the state Assembly, despite his seeming lack of experience in the bare-knuckles world of South Jersey politics. Moriarty had been a consumer reporter for CBS 3 in Philadelphia, so the political neophyte's on-air image was well known to voters in South Jersey. Now, that image may be tarnished by charges of drunken driving and refusal to submit to a breath test. Even if he’s not convicted, Moriarty’s arrest could haunt him on the political …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The Fourth Legislative District assemblyman was arrested Tuesday afternoon on the Black Horse Pike.
Washington Township Police Department on Wednesday issued a brief press release detailing the arrest of Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura stopped Moriarty at 3:53 p.m. at 5651 Black Horse Pike, in Washington Township's Turnersville section. Moriarty indicated in a statement he issued Tuesday night around 9:40 that DiBuonaventura accused him of cutting off the officer's police cruiser in an intersection. During the traffic stop, Moriarty was placed under arrest on the charge of driving while intoxicated. He subsequently refused a blood-alcohol content test at the police station. In addition to the DWI charge, DiBuonaventura cited Moriarty for refusal to …