A federal judge has dismissed civil rights charges against the owners of a Westfield apartment complex, ruling that the government failed to meet its burden of proving that Westfield Manor Apartments discriminated against black renters.

The suit, United States v. Ernstoff, 97-3115, is the only New Jersey case, out of four filed in this state, that has gone to trial since the U.S. Department of Justice began a random testing program in 1992 to determine whether landlords discriminated based on race.

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