Sometimes lawsuits can be like real estate—all about location, location, location. And this week at a federal court in Texas, US District Judge Robert Pitman made a ruling (PDF) that ended Defense Distributed v. Grewal (PDF), the lawsuit brought last summer by the 3D printed firearms company (and colleagues like the Second Amendment Foundation) against New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. From Defense Distributed's perspective, the core question involved whether a NJ statute aimed at regulating “ghost guns” violated the Constitution. The company believed such a law infringed on its right to free speech (among other legal claims). Judge Pitman, however, did not ultimately have to weigh in on that matter. Instead, he granted New Jersey's motion to dismiss on the grounds that he did not have jurisdiction to hear this matter in the first place. The case for jurisdiction Back at a hearing on January 15 (transcript available), attorneys for Defense Distributed … [Read more...] about Court dismisses Defense Distributed’s lawsuit over New Jersey “ghost gun” law
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Dustin Racioppi and Nicholas Pugliese Trenton Bureau Published 4:48 p.m. UTC Aug 17, 2018 With less than three months until a midterm election that could shift control of the House, New Jersey is planning to spend nearly $10 million in federal money it received this spring to strengthen what is widely considered one of the most vulnerable voting systems in the country. But the grant money from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission is a fraction of what’s needed to improve the state’s election infrastructure from the threats federal officials say are being directed at the U.S., leaving New Jersey susceptible to outside influence when it may also serve as a Congressional battleground. While election officials across the state remain confident that hacking or voting fraud is unlikely — or at least detectable — the 2016 presidential election showed that outside forces are constantly coming up with novel ways to infiltrate the country’s election … [Read more...] about New Jersey is throwing $10M at fixing one of the most vulnerable voting systems in nation
Unless you live in a bomb shelter and have canceled your cable TV and internet services, you’ve heard that the newspaper business has run aground. Advertising revenue is down 67 percent since 2005, and as panicked publishers shutter newspapers, reduce the number of days they publish, lay off journalists and cut local coverage to balance their books, the likelihood that great swaths of the country will become “news deserts,” devoid of accountability reports on government and corporations, have grown. The state of New Jersey thinks it’s found the secret to making the desert bloom: A $5 million subsidy for a university-led consortium that will dispense grants for local news coverage. “Never before has a state taken the lead to address the growing crisis in local news,” said Mike Rispoli of the Free Press Action Fund, the advocacy group that advanced the consortium idea. “Trustworthy local journalism is the lifeblood of democracy; it allows people … [Read more...] about The State of New Jersey Wants to Subsidize News. Uh-oh.
Jim Walsh Cherry Hill Courier-Post Published 2:41 p.m. UTC Jun 20, 2018 TRENTON – Some South Jersey firms “have helped spawn an endless cycle of theft” by purchasing scrap metal and other goods stolen by people seeking drug money, a watchdog agency said Tuesday. The State Commission of Investigation expressed hope its report would spur regulatory changes for companies that serve "as de facto cash machines for addicts." It said the crackdown could include limits on cash transactions, increased security measures and a new role for New Jersey State Police in licensing scrap yards and secondhand goods stores. But the 70-page report prompted strong objections from businesses named by the SCI, with several merchants insisting they were the victim of unfair smears. More: Listen: 911 calls from Deptford police shooting More: Men beat murder charges in two Camden cases "I’m very upset," said Fred VanGeldren, who operates Sgt. Scrap, a metal recycler in Haddon … [Read more...] about NJ Report: South Jersey firms profit from opioid crisis
OCEANPORT, N.J. — With a frenzied crowd, some jubilant officials, and 21 open windows, Monmouth Park Racetrack became the first place in the state to take a legal sports bet Thursday — as Gov. Murphy wagered $20 on Germany to win the World Cup and $20 more on the New Jersey Devils to capture another championship in 2019. “This is a huge step forward for gaming, for the tracks, for the economy of the state,” Murphy said before placing his bets around 10:30 a.m. “We’ve got a lot of good times ahead.” It was a triumphant culmination of the Garden State’s eight-year struggle to legalize sports betting, one that ended when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its favor last month and struck down the federal ban on sports wagering. The decision paved the way for expansion of a multibillion-dollar industry in Delaware, New Jersey, and more states to come. Politicians have hailed sports betting as an anticipated boon to the state’s … [Read more...] about New Jersey takes first sports bets: Gov. Murphy puts $20 on Devils to win Stanley Cup