NJ Public Employee Barred from Government Employment for Evidence Tampering

The New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that a Morristown Department of Public Works employee who swallowed heroin (which is evidence tampering) when he was arrested cannot keep his government job.  The trial level judge determined that tampering with physical evidence is not “an offense involving dishonesty,” therefore the employee was not required to give up his job.  But the appeals court agreed with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office that tampering with physical evidence is an offense involving dishonesty which bars a person from government employment under New Jersey’s “forfeiture” law.

May 4, 2011 – Castronovo & McKinney – Paul Castronovo