NJ Court Won't Block Recalls Of Retired Judges

By Martin Bricketto (May 5, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT) -- The New Jersey Appellate Division on Monday upheld the state high court's ability to recall judges for temporary service after they've reached a constitutionally mandated retirement age of 70, preserving approximately 40-year-old statutory language against a first-of-its-kind challenge.

In a published opinion for a 2-1 majority of the court, Judge Anthony J. Parrillo rejected defendant James Buckner's arguments against the recall process, but Judge Jonathan N. Harris' dissent means Buckner now has an appeal as of right with the state Supreme Court. A 73-year-old judge on recall oversaw Buckner's trial in Morris County for alleged robbery and aggravated assault, which led...

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