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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe

Weinberg: Court actions on sexual assault ‘a strong step in the right direction’

Senate Majority Leader sponsored law mandating domestic violence training for judges

By David Wildstein, July 17 2019 7:38 pm

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who was first to call for the ouster of Superior Court Judge James Troiano, today applauded the judiciary for taking steps to repair issues related to judicial conduct in sexual assault proceedings.

“I am grateful for the corrective actions now being taken by our judicial system,” Weinberg said.  “The comments and behavior of Judges (John) Russo and Troiano were inexcusable and neither of them should remain on the bench.”

Weinberg said she was encouraged by the court’s move to provide mandatory training to prevent and correct similar behavior down the road.

“This is a strong step in the right direction, one that will go a long way in maintaining the integrity and reputation of our courts for years to come,” said Weinberg, the author of the first law requiring training of judges to better handle cases of domestic violence and abuse.

“I look forward to ensuring that enhanced training will be done regularly,” the senator said. “I thank Chief Justice Stuart Rabner for his continued commitment to this issue.”

 

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