New Jersey state Senator Joe Cryan (D-Union) says he will start working on legislation to hold state prosecutors accountable after Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone last week issued an order granting a new trial for SCHI founder Rabbi Osher Eisemann due to a Brady Act violation.
In his ruling last week, Judge Paone agreed with Rabbi Eisemann’s defense team that Deputy Attorney General John Nicodemo, (who is assigned to the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability) withheld evidence which would have been beneficial to their case.
Following the ruling, Senator Cryan took to social media where he slammed 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?”
The Senator, who shared a New Jersey Globe story on the Eisemann story which also detailed other ethical complaints against Nicodemo, then said he “[g]oing to start working on legislation to hold them accountable,” noting that he will likely experience pushback for doing so.
“There will be a lot of whining about the “integrity of investigations,” but when you continue to employ a multiple offender like this, where is your integrity?” Senator Cryan asked.
As the Globe story pointed out, state prosecutors have no real financial encumbrances to appealing, and Nicodemo has no personal liability for his mistakes, while ordinary people like Rabbi Eisemann incur massive legal fees due to years of legal action.