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Court Finds Mindset & Intention Irrelevant In Wildlife Crimes

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On June 21, a federal court found the Justice Department’s longstanding policy of deciding under what circumstances it would prosecute individuals who killed animals protected under the Endangered Species Act to be outside the range of prosecutorial authority. At issue in the case was a policy known as the “McKittrick Policy,” originally stemming from… Read More »


Video Captures New Jersey Police Breaking Protocol In Pursuing Suspect

By Phillip J. Murphy |

A police incident on June 4th involving a night pursuit that lasted for six miles and ended in serious injuries for an innocent man had Mayor Steve Fulop accusing some members of the police force of technically breaking protocol during the pursuit on June 8th. The department now faces intense criticism over video footage… Read More »


Congress May Soon Affect Gun And Weapons Charges in New Jersey

By Phillip J. Murphy |

New Jersey is one of 10 states that will not honor concealed carry permits issued outside its borders; instead, in order to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon in New Jersey, one must demonstrate that there is a “justifiable need,” or good reason to believe that your life or the life of… Read More »


What’s Ahead for The Decriminalization of Marijuana?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

When it comes to the legalization and regulation of marijuana, it is important to keep in mind that there is a difference between federal authority to manage recreational vs. medical marijuana insofar as what authority the Justice Department has to enforce federal laws banning the product (i.e. arresting and prosecuting citizens for drug possession)…. Read More »


Police Immunity & the Connection to Wrongful Convictions

By Phillip J. Murphy |

What constitutes excessive use of force, and how is it connected to police immunity? Holding police officers civilly liable for police misconduct is important, but it is also important to know when police officers, as government officers, can raise immunity as a defense. Ultimately, police abuse is directly connected to other elements of the… Read More »


When Children Are Tried As Adults

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Many people remember hearing about the terrible Slender Man stabbing incident in 2014, when two 12-year-old girls allegedly lured their friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 times, purportedly out of a belief that a fictional character known as the “Slender Man” made them do it. Both of the girls accused of the… Read More »


Administration Blurs the Line between Crime and Being an Immigrant in Recent Arrests

By Phillip J. Murphy |

During the week of February 6th, immigration agents arrested a reported 600 people across the United States, at least 40 of them in the New York City area alone. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officials are arresting very specific targets as opposed to spontaneously checking employees’ papers at various businesses. Although ICE… Read More »


Bergen County Judge Weighs Probable Cause For Criminal Complaint against Governor Christie

By Phillip J. Murphy |

During the week of February 9th, a Bergen County municipal court judge is supposed to consider new evidence and rule as to whether probable cause exists with regard to a criminal complaint alleging that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie committed official misconduct during the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures. The criminal complaint was… Read More »


Justices Hear Case on When Immigrants Can Be Deported For Crimes

By Phillip J. Murphy |

President Trump’s recent rules on immigration have sparked controversy, protests, and litigation recently, only a few days after the Supreme Court considered how broad the government’s authority is in terms of deporting immigrants who have been convicted of “serious crimes.” The question is ultimately part of a bigger picture concerning the administration’s definition of… Read More »


“When Does Self-Defense Become Criminal?”

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On January 17th, the Argus Leader featured an interesting story on one man who now faces more than decade in prison for what some would label self-defense. In this particular case, two men involved were engaged in a fight in a public parking lot, when one of the men allegedly reached into his truck… Read More »

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