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Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood)

Vainieri Huttle praises Murphy for not renominating Silva

By Nikita Biryukov, November 17 2020 6:08 pm

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) praised Gov. Phil Murphy for not renominating Superior Court Judge Marcia Silva for a tenured term.

“I think Gov. Murphy’s made the right decision in not renominating Judge Silva to the Superior Court,” she said. “I think we’ve seen time and again that sexual assault survivors are retraumatized as they navigate the justice system.”

Vainieri Huttle was one of more than 20 state lawmakers who called for Silva to resign after she said the alleged rape of a 12-year-old caused no physical, mental or emotional harm apart from the loss of her virginity.

Silva will be forced to leave the bench when her current seven-year term ends on Jan. 17, 2021.

“My hope going forward is that we will ensure that individuals who are nominated to these positions in the Superior Court, and really other positions of power in our judicial system, are adequately trained in these matters and that they exhibit the empathy and respect for sexual assault survivors that we all expect,” the assemblywoman said. “As I said, Murphy’s made the right decision, and hopefully we can change that culture and we can have more people in power exhibiting the empathy and respect of sexual assault survivors.”

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