Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NJSC: Peter Cammarano disbarred from practicing law in NJ

The New Jersey Supreme Court barred former Hoboken mayor Peter Cammarano from practicing law in the State writing in a unanimous opinion he had broken "a solemn public trust."

Cammarano served less than two years in Lewisburg, PA after pleading guilty in early 2010 to accepting bribes of $25,000 from FBI informant Solomon Dwek who posed as a developer seeking Hoboken variances.

Former mayor and convicted felon Peter Cammarano
won't be applauding today's SC decision.
NJ's highest court disbarred Cammarano from practicing law.

Cammarano who served for less than a month as mayor in 2009 was seeking a second chance to regain his law license.  At the time of his arrest, Cammarano was working for NJ election law powerhouse Genova Burns.

That firm is currently embroiled in another hot Hoboken election law controversy for its clients Beth and Richard Mason of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  Last March the firm stated it sought a speedy resolution to the millions in potential fines the Mason family faced for hundreds of campaign violations. NJ ELEC however has not announced a final verdict.

According to today's story at the Jersey Journal, the NJ Office of Attorney Ethics suggested disbarment while an opposing majority on a disciplinary board favored suspension.

"This form of corruption is corrosive to our democracy and undermines public confidence in honest government, and its ripping pernicious effects are incalculable," NJ Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin wrote for the Court.

The NJ Supreme Court decision noted Cammarano had made efforts to right his life but that punishment short of disbarment could lessen the public's confidence in the NJ legal system.


The full legal decision can be found at:
http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/opinions/supreme/D4613IMOPeterCammarano.pdf