Friday, December 13, 2013

Let's publicly identify this abusive Superior Court Judge

Today's records request to the Hudson County Judiciary.
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December 13, 2013

Gerald A. Buccafusco, TCA
Hudson County Superior Court
Administration Building
595 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(via Fax only to 201-795-6603)

Dear Trial Court Administrator Buccafusco:

I just read the Appellate Division's decision in State v. R.W.H. (on-line here) that arose out of a Hudson County Family Part case bearing Docket No. FO-09-423-09.  As noted by the Appellate Division, the conviction of and two-month jail sentence imposed against the defendant, "who had just been awarded custody of his three children . . . amounted to a prejudicial abuse of discretion."

I am astonished by the cavalier manner in which the trial judge conducted himself and would like to know the trial judge's name so that I can identify him in my blog.  I recognize the Appellate Division's unfortunate policy of never identifying reversed judges in their opinions (while frequently identifying judges whose decisions are affirmed), but I believe that the public has a right to know the names of judges who conduct themselves in such a poor fashion. 

Enclosed is a Judiciary Request form that references this letter. Please consider this request under the common law right of access in addition to the right of access conferred by http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/rules/r1-38.htm.

Records Requested:

Any record, such a judgment of conviction, order for incarceration, which shows the identify of the judge who presided over the proceedings that resulted in R.W.H.'s August 5, 2009 conviction.  I understand that many Family Court records are confidential, so I just need one document, even if it has everything on it redacted except the caption of the case and the judge's name.

Very truly yours,

John Paff