Friday, March 6, 2015

Franklin Prosecutor, Delran Public Defender faces ethics charges.

Update: On March 28, 2017, the District IV Ethics Committee issued a new complaint that consolidates all the ethics matters pending against Mr. Brent.  Click here for the complaint exhibits.  It appears from meeting minutes and resolutions that Mr. Brent no longer serves in any official capacity with either Delran or Franklin.
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The municipal prosecutor from Franklin Township (Gloucester County) who also serves as public defender for Delran Township (Burlington County) is facing two ethics charges.

The charges, which are on-line here, allege that Vineland attorney Adam Luke Brent botched two cases for his clients.  The complaints also allege that Brent "was deceitful and made misrepresentations" and practiced law during a time when he was ineligible to practice.

According to the complaints, Brent was "administratively ineligible to practice law" between October 30, 2013 and January 30, 2014.  Interestingly, the Delran Township Council renewed his public defender position on January 5, 2014 and Franklin renewed him as prosecutor on January 1, 2014.  Therefore, it appears that both municipal governing bodies appointed Brent at a time when he was ineligible to practice law.