NJ Court Demands Full Recusals For Conflicted Gov't Attys

By Martin Bricketto (June 26, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that attorneys for decision-making municipal bodies must completely distance themselves from matters in which they have a conflict provides a bright-line warning for counsel and local officials either to make such recusals absolute or risk unraveling land use proceedings or other government actions, experts say.

Weighing Kane Properties LLC's challenge to a Hoboken City Council decision that sunk variances for a 12-story residential tower, Justice Helen E. Hoens' opinion for the unanimous court said there was no doubt that council attorney Michael Kates had a conflict of interest based on his representation of an...

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