RED BANK: ANTI-KAVANAUGH RALLY SLATED

brett kavanaugh, scotus, red bank nj, greater red bank women's initiativeOpponents of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court plan to rally in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park as part of a “walk-out” movement Thursday afternoon, redbankgreen has learned.

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MONEY, POLITICS, AND BREAKFAST

From press materials furnished by the League of Women Voters of Greater Red Bank

The intersection of election politics and big money is an increasingly controversial topic — one that impacts every aspect of American life — and on Saturday, March 15, the League of Women Voters of Greater Red Bank (LWV-GRBA) invites the public to an informative forum designed to serve up some serious food for though, along with a delicious breakfast buffet.

Hosted at the Sheraton Hotel in Eatontown — located just off Route 35 at 6 Industrial Way East — the “Breakfast with the Board” event takes place from 10 am to 1 pm, and features guest speaker David Early, Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice.

Mr. Brennan will discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case of McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission, as well as the events leading up to it.  The court case is analogous to the famous Citizens’ United case, which ultimately enabled corporations to contribute to political campaigns without limit. This case argues the same for individual donors, who are currently capped at $48,600 per election cycle.

The cost for the buffet is $25, and non-members of LWV-GRBA are welcome. To register, contact Ellen Hock at (732)571-8757. Checks can be made payable to the LWV-GRBA, and sent to Ellen Hock at 580 Patten Ave, Unit 86, Long Branch, NJ 07740.

RED BANK DEFENDER AVOIDS DISBARMENT

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Public Defender Kevin Wigenton was censured by the New Jersey Supreme Court Monday, ending a decade-old disciplinary case that might have resulted in his disbarment as a lawyer.

The court ruled 5-1 that shoddy bookkeeping by Wigenton in his solo practice hadn’t harmed any clients or third parties, rejecting a call by the Office of Attorney Ethics that he be disbarred.

One justice, Judge Dorothea Wefing, who is on temporary assignment to the court from the appellate division, dissented. She wrote that “a short period of suspension” was required “in order to preserve public confidence in the bar.”

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PUBLIC DEFENDER FACES DISBARMENT

just_in1By JOHN T. WARD

On a typical Thursday in Red Bank’s municipal court, Public Defender Kevin Wigenton may juggle dozens of cases, crafting pleas on behalf of clients he’s met just moments before.

But his toughest case ever may be one he had almost a decade to prepare for, and in which he’s the defendant.

On Wednesday afternoon, Wigenton went before the state Supreme Court to ask that he not be disbarred for shoddy bookkeeping discovered in his solo practice in 2002.

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SUPREME COURT TRIMS RUMSON DWI PENALTY

authorities3A woman who was sentenced in Rumson municipal court to six months in prison for a DWI conviction won a curtailment of the sentence from the New Jersey Supreme Court Wednesday.

Through a  series of appeals culminating at the state’s highest court, defendant Eileen Ciancaglini argued that the municipal court judge who heard the case was wrong to consider a prior conviction for refusing to take a breathalyzer test in imposing the sentence in 2008, and the Supreme Court agreed.

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HONORS FOR O’HERN & AZZOLINA ADVANCE

oherndaniel2Legislation that would name the Red Bank train station for late mayor and state Supreme Court justice Daniel O’Hern, right, will move to the full state Senate after clearing its Transportation Committee Monday.

Ditto for another bill that would put the name of the longtime Middletown legislator Joe Azzolina on the Highlands-Sea Bright replacement bridge now under construction at the mouth of the Shrewsbury River.

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‘O’HERN AVENUE’ COMING TO WEST SIDE

O'hern,danielThe late Daniel J. O’Hern in 2006.

Red Bank’s governing body is expected to vote Monday night on a proposal to add the late Daniel J. O’Hern‘s name to signs marking the street of his upbringing: Locust Avenue.

O’Hern, a former borough mayor and state Supreme Court associate justice, died April 1 at the age of 78.

Mayor Pasquale Menna says town leaders have been searching for an appropriate way to honor O’Hern, and the most obvious was to go to his roots. O’Hern was born on Locust Avenue and spent his formative years there.

He also, Menna says, first won elective office largely on the strength of his neighborhood ties.
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FORMER RED BANK MAYOR AND SUPREME COURT JUSTICE DANIEL O’HERN DIES AT 78

O'hern,danielDaniel J. O’Hern

By JOHN T. WARD

Daniel J. O’Hern, a son of Red Bank who was its mayor through a period of social unrest and later served almost two decades on the New Jersey Supreme Court, died Wednesday night at his home in Little Silver.

The Star-Ledger reports that he died of metastatic brain melanoma.

“Dan O’Hern was the quintessential gentleman who represented Red Bank so well in so many aspects,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna, who said he was inspired by O’Hern’s example to pursue public service.

Noting the racial strife of the late 1960s, when O’Hern was a borough councilman and, starting in 1969, as mayor, Menna said O’Hern “led the borough at an exceedingly difficult time, when there was great social friction.”

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968 and many towns and cities braced for the kind of violence that had erupted in Newark and elsewhere, O’Hern marched down Shrewsbury Avenue with local ministers and citizens in a peaceful memorial, Menna said.

Through sit-ins and noisy council meetings, “it was always a mark of his sensitivity that he was able to keep the tensions so that they did not rise to a level of civil strife,” Menna said.

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