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A $625,000 settlement has been reached in a suit that claimed former Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli sent an employee of his office for involuntary commitment to a psychiatric facility as a favor to the worker’s romantic rival.

Molinelli sought a 72-hour evaluation for Barbara Harrington, a data processing employee of the prosecutor’s office and 30-year veteran, in 2012, the suit claims. Harrington was taken by department employees to Bergen Regional Medical Center after a longtime friend of Molinelli, Patricia Speake-Martin, asked the prosecutor to fire her, the suit claimed.

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Charles Toutant

Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.

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