The Atlantic County Government is not immune to the “more victims coming forward” trend. Our story discussing several women being abused in the Atlantic County Department of Law has inspired even more witnesses and victims to come forward against Atlantic County Counsel James Ferguson.
We first stumbled across this “as of yet” un-addressed condition, while interviewing a past Consumer Affairs Investigator about official misconduct charges.
Discovery in the civil suit Vuocolo vs. Atlantic County contained hundreds of hours worth of audio recordings, emails, and witness testimony against Atlantic County Counsel James Ferguson, painting him to be a repeat offender of the worst kind. But that’s not the worst of it.
The investigators who looked into those allegations were given puffy government jobs! Of course, they all claimed to have found “nothing”, which is odd considering that the county has already settled out of court on Ferguson at least twice, and now coworkers are crying FOUL!
Witnesses who work in the Atlantic County Department of Law, came forward and claimed that Karen Williams was made a Superior Court Judge for “successfully playing her role”, as was Assistant County Counsel Donna Taylor. And that Judge James Savio payed back a political favor by throwing a verified case out of court.
Witness statements all claim that everyone found Mr. Fergusons conduct despicable, but that they were willing to overlook it in exchange for government jobs.
Of course, in this instance, the fact that the taxpayers are paying their salaries and pensions is not the big issue, so what’s the community up in arms about?
By law, each government employee, who was aware of this conduct, and then participated in it, ignored it, or covered it up, is guilty of the crime “Official Misconduct”. So why won’t the Atlantic County Prosecutor or State Police charge them? That’s a good question, so we looked into it.
We found that it was reported to those agencies in-person several times, as well as by recorded telephone calls, certified mail, and anonymous letters, and guess where that went?
The obvious question is how far must an offender go before they’re charged? Why does everyone wait until there’s a pile of victims before we take action? Seems to me like a petition should be started, and the community should demand that the law is enforced.
After all, who in their right mind would allow a superior court judge to preside over their critical legal matter, while knowing that their judgement is questionable?