Judicial Complaints Shed Light on Thriving Atlantic County Corruption

When an Atlantic County Prosecutor suggested suicide to a sexual harassment victim, several readers wrote in and commented that Prosecutor Damon Tyner should issue an apology. Here’s why he never will.

While checking on Superior Court Judges in Atlantic County, political and social ties come to light.

The Supreme Court Code of Judicial Conduct clearly states that “A judge shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety”.

“A judge shall decide cases without regard to whether particular laws or litigants are popular or unpopular with the public, the media, government officials, or the judge’s friends or family. Confidence in the judiciary is eroded if judicial decision-making is perceived to be subject to outside influences”.

So how was Atlantic County’s Judge James Savio, who was appointed by two witnesses in this civil suit, able to be so heavily involved with it?

That’s what we were wondering when we started to investigate.

The Judicial Code of Conduct was clearly written with one founding idea in mind, and that is; at no point should the public even remotely be able to suspect that justice might not have been served. Yet evidence we posted shows that justice was not served, so what gives?

The case in question, which lists Superior Court Judge Donna Taylor as John Doe defendant, was originally presided over by Judge Christopher Gibson. Right away, flags go up as Donna M. Taylor, President of the Atlantic County Bar Association, is one of the few attendee’s at Gibson’s swearing in ceremony.

Then in a baffling maneuver, Taylor herself takes over the case, even though witness testimony describes insurance fraud, sexual harassment and whistleblower retaliation, all of which Taylor either participated in or witnessed.

After Taylor is forced to give the case up, Judge James Savio takes it over and throws it out. Not exactly the “the right to a trial” that we all read about in the history books, but a quick search on Google explains a few of the mysteries.

Article shows the social and political aspirations of at least three of those involved with the famous whistleblower case against the Atlantic County Government, which is now in the Appellate Division for review.

While the article itself doesn’t prove that any of the judges are guilty of misconduct, according to New Jersey’s Judicial Code, it proves that none of them should’ve ever presided over or expressed interest in the case.

To our knowledge, Appellate Judge Bill Nugent, the former Atlantic County Counsel that hired Donna Taylor as an assistant, is the only one who recused himself.

Stay tuned for more information on the case and the connections.

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