Saturday, August 20, 2016

Man who says he has nothing to do with heroin sues Monmouth Prosecutor for using his driver license photo on "Faces of Heroin" pamphlet.

A West Long Branch man is suing the Monmouth County Prosecutor, among others, for allegedly putting his driver license photo on a "Faces of Heroin" pamphlet that was distributed at a symposium held at the Manasquan High School.

The date of the symposium where the pamphlet was distributed is not disclosed in the lawsuit but the claimant, Robert M. Ferrante, said that he first learned of the pamphlet on September 18, 2013.  In his lawsuit, Ferrante claimed that he "never used or was associated with heroin use" and that the release of the photo has caused "great humiliation, embarrassment and mental anguish" for him and his wife Doreen Ferrante.

The lawsuit, Ferrante v. County of Monmouth, et al, Federal Case No. 3:16-cv-0349, was brought by Long Branch attorney John Jay Perrone.  Also named as defendants are the Manasquan Board of Education, the Motor Vehicle Commission and the Patch on-line newspaper which allegedly published the pamphlet on the Internet.

The Manasquan school board filed a motion for dismissal and argues that the Ferrantes' complaint does not "assert a specific constitutional violation" and merely states that they're civil rights have been violated.