Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick said his law firm took down portions of its website so their language could be checked.
“I think my firm’s making sure the wording’s right on all of the sites,” Bramnick said. “We’re checking the wording on all this stuff just to make sure we don’t insult anybody and it’s clear as to what we do, because when outside vendors do this, sometimes you miss it — we have a thousand pages, so we’re making sure the wording is correct”
Over the past week, Bramnick has come under fire from Democrats in his district for a page on the website that said his firm would seek to discredit sexual assault accusers.
Since the New Jersey Globe first broke that story, Bramnick firm has pulled pitches for nine areas of criminal defense from its website, including one promising to help sex offenders get their names pulled from the Megan’s Law registry.
New Jersey allows a sex offender to have their name removed from the registry after 15 years if they have kept a clean record and are deemed to not pose a threat to the safety of others.
Spanish-language version of some of the pages are still online.
Bramnick’s assertion that an outside firm was responsible for the content of its website is the first such claim the minority leader has made. He said an outside firm was responsible for almost all of his firm’s legal pitches.
“Most all of them,” Bramnick said, “You hire an outside vendor, they do it, and we’re supposed to carefully check. And, obviously, in certain cases you don’t.”
The minority leader said he did not know when the pitches would be back on his website. He declined to say whether they’d be back up before election day.
“I don’t, but I’m happy to get back to you,” Bramnick said when asked about a timeline. “Whatever the criminal stuff is, I asked the criminal guys, but I want them to look to make sure our message is clear, simple as that.”