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Innes v. Marzano-Lesnevich
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: a-16-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Peter Innes and his wife, Maria Jose Carrascosa, were involved in a contentious divorce and custody battle over their daughter Victoria. Innes was a citizen of the United States; Carrascosa was a Spanish nation...

In the Matter of the Estate of Adrian J. Folcher
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: a-3-14

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal centered on challenges to several documents and disbursements that were purportedly executed by Adrian Folcher in the closing days of his life. Petitioner Bernice Tambascia-Folcher, Folcher's wife and a benef...

New Jersey v. Cope
Date: April 25, 2016
Docket Number: a-13-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Demetrius Cope lived in a second-floor apartment with a back porch adjacent to its living room. Three officers positioned themselves behind the building, while Sergeant Brintzinghoffer and two other officers kn...

John J. Robertelli v. The New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics
Date: April 19, 2016
Docket Number: a-62-14

New Jersey v. McFarlane
Date: April 7, 2016
Docket Number: a-7-15

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted defendant Patrick McFarlane of first-degree murder, felony-murder, and armed robbery, and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. During sentencing, the State requested an aggregate...

New Jersey v. Bass
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: a-118-13

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Jessica Shabazz was shot and killed, and James Sinclair was wounded at a motel. Defendant David Bass was arrested shortly thereafter. He admitted to police that, prior to the shooting, he had smoked crack cocain...

Acoli v. New Jersey Parole Board
Date: February 23, 2016
Docket Number: a-52-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Sundiata Acoli had been convicted for murder. He was denied parole twice. Acoli filed an internal administrative appeal, which entitled him to a review by the full Parole Board of the record that had been developed befor...

Templo Fuente De Vida Corp., et al. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co.
Date: February 11, 2016
Docket Number: a-18-14

Justia Opinion Summary: The insured, who had been sued for damages by plaintiffs, entered into a settlement whereby it agreed to assign its rights and interests under the insurance policy to plaintiffs. However, when plaintiffs sought to recove...

New Jersey v. Baum
Date: February 8, 2016
Docket Number: a-107-13

Justia Opinion Summary: While driving from his residence to his mother's home one night in 2006, defendant Eugene Baum struck and killed two teenage girls who were walking in a bike lane of a major thoroughfare in Kinnelon. The responding offic...

Silviera-Francisco v. Bd. of Education of the City of Elizabeth
Date: January 28, 2016
Docket Number: a-28-14

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue before the New Jersey Supreme Court was a narrow one of appellate jurisdiction of an agency decision and the appropriate response by an appellate tribunal when it encounters on its calendar an interlocutory ord...

New Jersey v. Jones
Date: January 20, 2016
Docket Number: a-112-13

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Howard Jones was charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, arising from events that took place one morning in the spring of 2009 involving C.W., a...

New Jersey v. Goodwin
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: a-20-14

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found defendant Robert Goodwin guilty of second-degree insurance fraud. In doing so, the jury concluded that defendant knowingly made or caused to be made false statements of material fact concerning an insurance...

In re Revocation of the Access of Block #613
Date: January 14, 2016
Docket Number: a-102-13

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, the issue presented for the Supreme Court's review centered on the standard governing revocation of direct access from a state highway to property used for commercial purposes pursuant to the State Highwa...

New Jersey v. Smith
Date: January 13, 2016
Docket Number: a-62-13

Justia Opinion Summary: During an encounter that lasted ten seconds, a woman was robbed at gunpoint. She surrendered her purse with her cell phone inside it, and the robber drove away in a car. She later identified defendant Julius Smith as her...

Major v. Maguire
Date: January 12, 2016
Docket Number: a-110-13

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs-grandparents filed an action under N.J.S.A. 9:2-7.1 in the Family Part, seeking an order compelling defendant-mother to allow them periodic visits with their granddaughter. The trial court determined that in t...

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