Senate President Steve Sweeney has named Michael Critchley, one of the state’s top criminal defense lawyers, to serve as counsel to the Select Committee on Investigation.
The bi-partisan joint legislative panel was announced yesterday to probe the handling of sexual assault allegations made against Al Alverez, a former Murphy administration official and campaign staffer.
Sweeney said that Critchley will be paid $350-per-hour, the same rate Gov. Phil Murphy is paying Peter Verniero to conduct an internal investigation for the governor’s office.
“Michael Critchley possesses the experience and the skills needed to guide an effective investigation that gets a full accounting of the sexual assault allegations by Ms. Brennan, the government’s hiring practices and any systemic failures that deny survivors the justice they deserve,” said Sweeney. “Mr. Critchley knows the law, understands government and has a relentless determination to get the truth. This will be a fair and thorough investigation that will produce findings that can be used to prevent the failures that Ms. Brennan endured from happening to other sexual assault survivors.”
Critchley served as Assistant Counsel to Gov. Brendan Byrne.