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Municipal judge reprimanded for not recusing from case argued by landlord

By Nikita Biryukov, November 23 2020 5:04 pm

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a public reprimand to a Hudson County municipal judge who presided over cases argued by an attorney from whom she leased office space for several years.

Judge Lilia Munoz, who presides over municipal cases in Union City and Guttenberg, admitted to the court that she presided over cases argued by Ramon Gonzalez, from whom the judge leased office space from 2008 to January 2018.

She had previously leased the space from Gonzalez’s father.

The Advisory Counsel on Judicial Conduct argued she violated judicial rules by not recusing from a 2016 municipal case involving an individual for whom Gonzalez was counsel.

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