New Bill Would Hold Eisemann Prosecutors Accountable

New Jersey state Senator Joe Cryan (D-Union) has introduced legislation which aims to hold state prosecutors accountable after the state Supreme Court ruled last month that SCHI founder Rabbi Osher Eisemann can receive a new trial following a Brady Act violation by the prosecutors.

Under the bill, the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, which is the department within the Attorney General’s office prosecuting the Eisemann case, would be required to adopt, implement, and comply with guidelines that are consistent with the most recent “Internal Affairs Policy and Procedures” promulgated by the Office of the Attorney General.

In addition, the OPIA would be required to submit a report to the Legislature for each investigation conducted by the office that is not completed within 180 days.

The report will summarize all actions taken by the office during the investigation.

Senator Cryan, who represents North Jersey’s 20th Legislative District, has publicly criticized the office before.

In a social media post last year, Senator Cryan slammed Deputy Attorney General John Nicodemo and his office, describing them as “the most unethical to ever work or exist” in New Jersey.

“Think about it, they say “no comment” “we can not confirm or deny” [T]he public, who these folks work for[,] although they often forget it, deserves accountability not only for disgraceful conduct like this, but answers on investigations. What was done and why?”

Cryan’s comments followed several high-profile losses for the OPIA, which was established by former Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in 2018 to prosecute public officials and law enforcement for misconduct.

“The OPIA should drop this case, apologize , pay the rabbi’s legal bills, and then be disbanded. their actions here are more criminal than the defendant. and it’s not the first time,” he tweeted last week, responding to the news that prosecutors were ordered to immediately surrender additional evidence.

“[S]o outrageous @NewJerseyOAG. OPIA lost, cheated & got caught. Time to stop persecuting the Rabbi 4 pride only. Bankrupting him & trying 2 force a plea by driving up his legal bill. Apologize, & pay his legal bill 2, since your guy cheated. Then clean house at OPIA, a NJ disgrace,” he said in another tweet.

Nicodemo was removed from the Eisemann case following the Brady Act disclosures.

Cryan has previously introduced a bill that would eliminate immunity for prosecutors who fail to disclose exculpatory evidence in criminal cases, as they’re required to do by law.


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  1. Rabbi Eiseman should be paid back the millions in legal fees PLUS the aggravation this has caused him and his family for NO CRIME AT ALL

  2. …….and where is our governor with all this? How come we don’t hear from him unless he is up for reelection and comes to Chemed to get votes?

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