New Jersey’s New Law Mandates Video Cameras in Police Vehicles: When it Comes to Law Enforcement Encounters, a Video is Worth a Thousand Words

By Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor |   Sep. 25, 2014

These days, cameras seem to be everywhere. From shameless “selfies” to stealthy surveillance videos, our every move seems to be memorialized in some way, like it or not. While some may long for more private times when many things were left to our memories and imaginations, there can be no doubt that, in the field of criminal law and law enforcement, the impact of a picture or video can be seismic. Many of us old enough to remember the Rodney King case still have those images seared in our memories – our first real glimpse into the elusive concept of “excessive force” and the power of a video recording.

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New Jersey’s New “Ban the Box” Law - Implications of the “Opportunity to Compete Act” on Criminal Background Checks by Employers and the Continuing Need for Prospective Employees to Obtain Expungement

By Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor |   Aug. 26, 2014

New Jersey’s New “Ban the Box” Law

“Banning the Box” is the catch phrase used to describe a growing trend in legislation that bars would-be employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal record during the initial round of the application process. The “box” refers to the familiar question on most written job applications expressly probing into prior arrests, charges, and convictions, although the focus of the movement extends to interviews or early inquiries of any kind into criminal background. On August 11, 2014, New Jersey joined several other states and cities throughout the country by passing the “Opportunity to Compete Act,” prohibiting certain employers from early consideration of an applicant’s criminal record. The law radically alters typical early screening procedures, and employers and applicants should take note.

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The Sober Truth of New Jersey’s BYOB Law and the Acquisition of a Liquor License

By John E. Hogan |   Jul. 31, 2014

New Jersey became home to America’s first commercial distillery when, in 1780, an immigrant from Scotland established an Applejack production facility in what is now Colts Neck. Since that time, New Jersey has become the birthplace to some of the most complex liquor license laws in the Country. For those familiar with the application process and cost of a license, there can be no dispute that acquiring and maintaining a liquor license through the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (the ABC) and it’s many coordinate local licensing authorities is both an expensive and intensive pursuit subjecting owners and operators to routine inspection of books, records and on premises activities. There is, however, an undeniable economic incentive to obtaining the privilege to sell and serve the panoply of popular intoxicating beverages that diners and revelers alike willingly peel out the plastic to purchase in mass quantities.

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