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Brennan attorneys slam MCPO Alvarez decision

By Nikita Biryukov, January 23 2019 6:56 pm

Attorneys for state housing agency chief of staff Katie Brennan responded to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office’s decision to not pursue charges against former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez, whom Brennan has accused of sexual assault, with disappointment.

“We are deeply disturbed and disappointed by this egregious miscarriage of justice,” said Brennan’s attorney, Katy McClure of Smith Eibeler, LLC. “The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office failed Katie Brennan. The Governor’s staff failed her. The Attorney General failed her. And now the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office has failed her as well.”

Alan Zegas, another Brennan attorney, said the prosecutor did not allow Brennan to recount her allegations in front of a grand jury and refused to meet with witnesses named in Brennan’s complaint.

McClure said the list of witnesses with which the prosecutor’s office did not meet with includes Brennan’s husband and Gov. Phil Murphy’s deputy chief of staff Justin Braz. Brennan told both of the alleged assault shortly after it is said to have occurred.

The attorneys also said the MCPO did not follow directives issued by state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal that require authorities to offer victims an opportunity to meet so they can explain why charges were not filed.

“Today’s actions by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office are not in keeping with the spirit of the Attorney General’s directive,” McClure said. “Before issuing a public statement on the matter, the MCPO did not give Ms. Brennan the courtesy of a meeting to discuss the basis for their decision, a written explanation or even a telephone call.”

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