NJ Judge Reprimanded For Getting Cozy With Prosecution

Law360, New York (July 12, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT) -- The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday publicly reprimanded a municipal court judge who, according to a judiciary ethics panel, was on overly cozy terms with the prosecution and critiqued a defense counsel's case during an improper sidebar conversation without that attorney.

The high court handed down a reprimand based on the findings of the state Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct that Michael A. Diamond, a part-time judge in Winslow Township Municipal Court, participated in that impermissible ex parte conversation with a municipal prosecutor, during which...
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