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Former Jersey City Assistant Prosecutor Donovan Bezer

Ex-Fulop pal sues Jersey City

Donovan Bezer says he was terminated as prosecutor because he refused order not to prosecute weed cases

By David Wildstein, November 18 2019 7:57 pm

Steve Fulop has lost another political ally, the latest in a long line of burned relationships by the mayor of New Jersey’s second largest city.

Donovan Bezer, who served as counsel to Fulop’s 2009 and 2013 campaigns, has filed a lawsuit against Jersey City alleging that he was fired form his job as an assistant municipal prosecutor because he refused to comply with the city’s 2018 ban on all criminal prosecutions for marijuana possession.

Bezer is also suing the prosecutor, Jacob Hudnut, and former Jersey City Human Resources Director Mark Bunbury.

Bunbury left his Fulop administration post last month after a bad breakup with Fulop, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

In legal documents filed with the Superior Court, Bezer said that he told his boss that he could not follow a directive forbidding the criminal prosecution on any weed-related charges, and said he believed it violated policies instituted by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

Bezer said he was initially suspended  in October 2018, then placed on leave until his termination in May 2019.  He says the city rebuffed his request for a transfer.

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