Sudhan Thomas arrived in court 30 minutes late and without an attorney this morning for an arraignment on state charges that he took a $35,000 cash bribe, according to a report on Hudson County View.
The former Jersey City Board of Education president is shopping for a new lawyer after Christopher Adams dropped him in January for failure to pay counsel fees and a “breakdown in communications.”
A Superior Court Judge adjourned Thomas’ arraignment until March 24 as he seeks legal counsel. State prosecutors did not object to the rescheduling.
Thomas, a close ally of Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop, also faces federal charges that he embezzled more than $45,000 from the Jersey City Employment and Training Program.
He pleaded not guilty to those charges last month and is currently released on a $75,000 bond that restricts “his travel to within state lines, surrender all passports and travel documents, undergo mental health testing, and maintain or actively seek employment – among other things.
Former Morris County freeholder John Cesaro, former Mount Arlington councilman John Windish, and former Morris County freeholder candidate Mary Dougherty were also arraigned this morning on state bribery charges.