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Open Government Advocacy Project:
Councilman Carl J. Washington, Jr.

Issue Detail:

On Septeber 9, 2011 (post 2697), \"guidedbythelight\" alleged that \"[Council member Carl Washington, Jr. spent 10 days in the Gloucester County Jail.\" In response (post 2697.1), \"PessOptimist\" asked for \"details\" because \"nobody seems to know anything about it.\" I don\'t think it\'s fair for anonymous people to make unsupported, negative claims regarding elected officials. Since I have some experience in requesting records, I decided to investigate \"guidedbythelight\'s\" claim to see if it was factual. The documents relevant to my investigation are on-line here: Exhibit page 1 is Washington\'s October 20, 201l statement filed with the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). It evidences that Washington\'s address is 40 Madole Place, Penns Grove, New Jersey. Exhibit page 2 is summons/complaint no. 1708-PG-079701 issued against \"Carl J. Washington, Jr., of 40 Madole Place, Penns Grove. It reveals that Washington, whose date of birth is March 15, 1973, was charged with driving with a suspended license (N.J.S.A. 39:3-40) on May 18, 2011. According to the reverse of the summons/complaint, Washington pled \"not guilty\" but was found guilty at an August 9, 2011 hearing and was fined $1,006 plus $33 costs and received a 30 day additional period of driver license suspension. Importantly, the bottom of the reverse of the summons indicates \"10 days\" and a related text entry appears regarding \"SLAP.\" I telephone Penns Grove Municipal Court Administrator Sharon O. Bye on November 4, 2011 at 10:49 a.m. and she told me that Washington was sentenced to spend ten days in jail but that the judge would allow him to serve his sentence through the Salem County Sheriff\'s SLAP \"Sheriff\'s Labor Assistance Program\" if he was eligible. Ms. Bye also informed me that Washington has appealed the case to Superior Court, Law Division and that that appeal is pending. Exhibit page 3 is a record I received in response to my OPRA request to Gloucester County seeking information on whether or not Washington was jailed. The record indicates that a Carl Washington, born on March 15, 1973 (the same date that is on Exhibit page 2), was committed several times between November 12, 1997 and April 23, 2004. I have an OPRA request pending for further information regarding these committments. My records requests regarding this matter are still ongoing and I will post more as documents become available. John Paff, Chairman New Jersey Libertarian Party\'s Open Government Advocacy Project




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