Carlia Brady ()
Voice Recognition—Lawyers for Middlesex County judge Carlia Brady, who faces criminal charges for allegedly harboring and hindering the arrest of an armed-robbery suspect, want to know exactly what she said in phone calls to the Woodbridge Police Department.
In a motion filed in Superior Court in Somerville on June 24, Brady’s attorney, Robert Scrivo, claimed the voicemails produced in discovery were “not exact clones” of the ones left.
“From a forensic point of view, we want the authentic voicemails,” said Scrivo, a partner with McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter in Morristown. The motion also seeks access to the metadata of the calls.
Brady was arrested last June after authorities accused her of hiding her boyfriend, Jason Prontnicki, for nearly an hour without contacting authorities, despite knowing he was wanted for robbery of an Old Bridge pharmacy.
Brady was charged with two counts of hindering apprehension: one in the second degree for failing to report Prontnicki’s whereabouts to police, and the other in the third degree for harboring or concealing him. The second-degree criminal offense carries a penalty of five to 10 years in prison and a $150,000 maximum fine. The third-degree offense carries a sentence of three to five years in prison and a $15,000 maximum fine.
She remains suspended from the bench without pay pending conclusion of the criminal case.
Road Rage—A New Jersey woman is suing her former employer for not being accommodating of her anxiety caused by driving during rush hour.
Andrea DeGerolamo of Berlin alleges that Fulton Financial Services, based in Lancaster, Pa., violated the state’s Law Against Discrimination by not permanently altering her working hours, even though she was medically qualified as disabled.
She also claims the company reduced her marketing consultant job to a clerical one, and eventually fired her in retaliation for speaking out against perceived bias against her.
DeGerolamo, hired in 2007, went on medical leave in the fall of 2012. When she returned to the office that November, she was allegedly battling severe depression and anxiety, the symptoms of which were aggravated when she drove at high-traffic times.
With support from her physician, DeGerolamo asked her supervisors to change her schedule, therefore allowing her to avoid driving to and from work at rush hour. The request was honored for a few months, but her schedule then returned to its previous hours. She filed a complaint with Fulton’s ethics committee, but her May 2013 firing came before any investigation was made, she says.
The suit was filed in May in Superior Court in Camden, but was transferred to federal court at Fulton’s request two weeks ago.
A call to DeGerolamo’s attorney, Marlton solo Ben Friedman, went unreturned. Fulton Financial did not return an email.
Faked Out—Six gamblers have lost their bid to recover money they lost when Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa cancelled an in-progress poker tournament.
The outcome of the tournament and the decision to not refund participants belonged solely to New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), Atlantic County Superior Court Judge James Isman ruled on June 20.
The $560 buy-in “Big Stack No-Limit Hold ‘Em” tournament, held in January as part of the Winter Poker Open, was prematurely ended after a North Carolina man, Christian Lusardi, was found to have more than $2 million in counterfeit chips.
Only 27 players, including the six plaintiffs, remained in the tournament at the time of its cancellation, which the DGE concluded was compliant with state tournament rules.
The plaintiffs alleged negligence, saying the Borgata should have had better video surveillance and prior knowledge of Lusardi’s fraudulent gambling habits. Each sought to recover $33,000 owed for being one of the players still standing.
Plaintiff attorney Maurice “Mac” VerStandig of Offit Kurman in Bethesda, Md., did not indicate whether or not he would appeal Isman’s decision, but said, “It is offensive to believe, as the Borgata has suggested, that players entering a casino forfeit their constitutional rights, and legal remedies, with the same nonchalance as they insert dollar bills into a slot machine.”
Borgata general counsel Joseph Corbo Jr. was out of the office and could not be reached for comment.
Another suit, a class action on behalf of more than 4,000 players seeking restitution for entry fees and other expenses, was filed in state court in February.
Cap’s Off—The National Football League and a group of retired players have agreed to a revised settlement in the concussion-injury litigation that would not place any cap on the damages available to players, the parties announced June 25.
The pact comes after the parties’ initial $765 million proposed accord was denied preliminary approval by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia over concerns that former players who would qualify for settlement money, due to various types of brain injuries sustained while playing, would not actually be able to collect from the fund.
Brody appointed Perry Golkin as special master to help the parties reach a settlement that better protected the interests of all the potential class members. “This new agreement will ensure funds are available to any eligible retired player who develops a compensable injury,” the parties said in a joint statement.
The NFL will also set aside $75 million for the baseline assessment program that would offer players a one-time exam to test for neurocognitive impairment, as well as $10 million for education on concussion prevention. The league will also pay the costs for notice to the class and administration of the settlement, which removes a previously included bar on the proposed class members suing the NCAA or other entities over the same injuries.
The proposed settlement will go back before Brody for preliminary approval.