Latino Action Network Supports Attorney General’s Complaint Targeting Millville Court


By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

TRENTON — One of the state’s most influential Latino civil rights groups is backing the state’s attorney general’s office investigation into how Latino defendants have been treated in Millville Municipal Court first brought to light by Judge Jason Witcher.

The Latino Action Network issued a statement on Aug. 10 praising the investigation.

“The Latino Action Network of New Jersey is gratified that the [Attorney General’s Department of Civil Rights, DCR] has ruled that there was indeed repeated discrimination against Latino litigants by the Millville Municipal Courts over many months,” said a statement from the organization.

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“The state has ordered Millville to cease and desist these discriminatory actions and policies, participate in three years of DCR oversight and training in how not to discriminate, and award compensatory damages to victims of this abuse.”

The network noted that a previous investigation by the State Administrative Office of the Courts, AOC, found no evidence of discrimination. It said that Millville’s city attorney blaming the AOC for past issues caused concern for the organization. The LAN accused the AOC of having a “ho-hum attitude” toward the allegations.

“At a time when powerful forces in this country are attempting to undermine the public’s confidence in our judicial system, New Jersey must act rapidly and decisively to determine why the AOC was so quick to issue what has been shown to be an inadequate and incomplete review of such a serious matter.”

LAN said “the public faith and integrity of the state’s judicial system is at state” with an attorney general’s office investigation into the AOC’s actions.

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