Judge accused of helping friend avoid arrest avoids removal
New Jersey's Supreme Court has decided not to seek to remove a judge who once faced criminal charges for allegedly helping her then-boyfriend avoid arrest
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court has decided not to seek to remove a judge who once faced criminal charges for allegedly helping her then-boyfriend avoid arrest.
The court wrote in an order released late Thursday that state Superior Court Judge Carlia Brady must still appear at a hearing on April 27 that will determine what level of discipline she faces.
Brady was suspended in 2013 when she was charged with misconduct and hindering a police search for her then-boyfriend in connection with a store robbery. Investigators said she let him into her home and didn't call police despite knowing he was wanted.
Those charges were later dropped, and Brady was reinstated, after an appeals court ruled the man couldn't be compelled to testify against her.
Brady has denied the allegations and said she promptly notified police of the man's whereabouts. But last fall, a state panel on judicial conduct recommended that she be removed from the bench.
At a hearing this month, Brady acknowledged making some mistakes but reiterated that she followed police instructions. She filed a lawsuit against police in Woodbridge last year claiming false arrest and malicious prosecution that is pending. In court filings, the police department has sought to have the suit dismissed.