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New Jersey National Organization for Women President Anjali Mehrotra.

National Organization for Women lauds Murphy for dropping Silva

By Nikita Biryukov, November 19 2020 1:43 pm

The New Jersey branch of the National Organization for Women lauded Gov. Phil Murphy for refusing to renominate a Superior Court judge who said a 12-year-old’s alleged rape caused no harm beyond the loss of her virginity.

“We should assume that anyone who is advocating for retaining Judge Silva on the bench condones her decision and remarks in the case where a minor was raped. There is no room for leniency or ambiguity when it comes to protecting our children,” NOW New Jersey President Anjali Mehrotra said. “It is not in keeping with our values; we must continue to speak out for justice for all survivors of sexual violence and hold all with the power to influence outcomes accountable.”

The New Jersey Globe on Tuesday reported Murphy would not renominate Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Marcia Silva to a tenured term.

The Christie nominee’s term is set to end on Jan. 17, 2021.

Silva drew fire over comments made during a case where a sixteen-year-old was accused of raping a 12-year-old. More than 20 state lawmakers and other groups, including NOW, called for her resignation last July.

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