[11/14/10 – 9:21 am] On Tuesday, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court ruled that the laser speed-measuring device known as the “Stalker Lidar” has not been proven to be scientifically reliable in New Jersey. The Court noted that although laser devices are generally accepted in the scientific community, in this case, there was no evidence as to the internal workings of the device.
According to the Court, “We do not know whether the accuracy of the Stalker Lidar device has been established through independent testing. In short, the device has not been established as scientifically reliable in New Jersey. As a consequence, it may not be used in the trial courts as proof of speed until its accuracy has been established[.]”
Download a copy of State v. Green.
[10/27/10 – 12:04] Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that a sentence including an order of forfeiture of public office with a provision for no future public employment will survive an expungement of the underlying offense. The petitioner, a police officer, had been convicted of a disorderly persons offense that touched upon her office. As a result, upon conviction, she was subject to forfeiture of public office and a lifetime prohibition of employment with any political subdivision of the State of New Jersey. The petitioner subsequently got an order of expungement for the conviction and argued that the order eliminated both the underlying conviction and the forfeiture bar. However, the Court ruled that while the petitioner was clearly entitled to an expungement, the forfeiture requirement survives the expungement and continues as a bar to public employment.
This fact pattern can occur with a degree of regularity in municipal court when the defendant is a public employee and has been charged with a disorderly or petty disorderly persons offense that touches upon his office. It is unlikely to occur in Superior Court since criminal matters involving forfeiture of public office are not generally capable of being expunged as a matter of statutory law. (See NJSA 2C:52-2(b))
Download a copy of In re Expungement Application of D.H.