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Tayeb "Ty" Hyderally, 50, was found guilty of grabbing the woman and slamming her into a wall when she tried to leave his Montclair condominium. Watch video
A Montclair attorney -- who has argued for equal pay for women and defended a Jersey City employee in a sexual harassment suit against a councilman -- was suspended last month from practicing law after being convicted in municipal court of assaulting his girlfriend.
Tayeb "Ty" Hyderally, 50, was found guilty of grabbing the woman by the throat and slamming her into a wall when she tried to leave his Montclair condominium during an argument in 2015. The fight started because he was upset over text messages on her cellphone, according to court documents.
Hyderally argued in municipal court the fall of 2016 that the opposite occurred -- she was enraged about text messages on his phone and her injuries were self-inflicted when he tried to ward off her assault, according to the documents.
The victim told the municipal judge she was testifying under "an enormous amount of stress and fear,'' according to court documents.
A previous complaint filed by the same woman in West Orange was dropped, she testified, after Hyderally pressured her by filing a false police report and had her arrested.
Hyderally appealed the municipal court conviction for simple assault on Oct. 27, 2016 in Essex County Superior Court and the judge's ruling was upheld on Jan. 24, 2017.
He later told the Supreme Court Disciplinary Review Board that his behavior that night was aberrational and that his "capacity to think and act appropriately was diminished by his use of Adderall," according to court documents.
Hyderally is barred from practicing law until late October and he must complete anger management counseling before resuming his job.
His practice, Hyderally & Associates, P.C. is allowed to operate during his suspension as long as all the firm's clients are given notice of his suspension. Hyderally gets no financial benefit from the firm during that time and the firm's website contains a notice of Hyderally's status.
A one-sentence notice is listed at the bottom of the homepage on the firm's website this week, noting that he is suspended for 90 days until Oct. 20, pending reinstatement from the New Jersey Supreme Court.
An employee of the firm said last week that Hyderally was "not available." When asked about reaching him, the employee said "We have no contact with him until October."
Neither Hyderally's attorney or other attorneys at the firm returned messages seeking comment.
The victim and three clinicians wrote letters to the Disciplinary Review Board saying that Hyderally's behavior has improved since he stopped taking Adderall.
His attorney argued that the court has the discretion to impose discipline that is less severe than a suspension in domestic violence cases.
Still, five Supreme Court judges voted to suspend him for three months. Two others wanted a six-month suspension. Two judges did not participate in the hearing.
"That an attorney's conduct did not involve the practice of law or arise from a client relationship will not excuse an ethics transgression or lessen the degree of sanction," the court's opinion says.
"The transcript of the criminal proceedings revealed that respondent assaulted (the victim) on more than one occasion. Yet, his influence over her was ever-present, as is evident by (the victim's) reluctance to testify against respondent in the criminal proceedings," the opinion says. "Although ... the victim of the assault wrote an e-mail on his behalf, claiming that Adderall caused his irritability and manic behavior on the night of the incident, the record contained no facts to support that conclusion."
The court called the Adderall argument an "after the fact 'explanation,'" because the medical submissions for the case did not say who prescribed the Adderall and whether Hyderally had been taking Adderall at the time of the assault.
The judges also said that Hyderally didn't offer any remorse for the assault until the ethics hearing.
This is not the first time Hyderally has been disciplined. He was suspended in 1999 for two years while working for the Judge Advocate General for making sexual advances toward two female legal aid clients while he was in the Navy.
Hyderally's biography on his firm's website touts him as a decorated attorney who specializes in employment law.
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The priests have voluntarily left their parishes in the Archdiocese of Newark while their accusers' claims are investigated, church officials said.
Two New Jersey priests have left their parishes in Hudson and Bergen counties while Catholic Church officials investigate separate sexual misconduct allegations that date back decades, an archdiocese official said.
The Rev. Gerard Sudol, priest in residence at Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church in Jersey City, stepped down from his post last week, said James Goodness, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Newark. Sudol was accused of sexually abusing an altar boy while he was assigned to a church in Ridgefield Park in the 1980s and 1990s.
Sudol faced similar accusations in the 1990s but was permitted to return to working in parishes, church officials said.
The Rev. Jim Weiner, the new pastor of St. Andrew's Church in Westwood, will also step aside from his post, Goodness said. Weiner was accused of the sexual assault of a seminarian in the 1980s.
Weiner's accuser said he reached a settlement with the church in 2004, but the priest was permitted to continue his ministry.
Sudol and Weiner both recently agreed to leave while they await the results of new investigations into the claims, Goodness said. Neither was formally removed from the parishes by church officials.
"Both of them have voluntarily stepped aside while the inquiries are being done. Sudol stepped aside last week, and Weiner was planning on announcing it to his parish this week," Goodness said.
Neither priest could be reached for comment.
Last Sunday's parish bulletin at St. Andrew's Parish hinted that Weiner would be leaving, at least temporarily.
"The installation of Fr. Jim as the pastor of St. Andrew's Parish originally scheduled for Saturday, September 15 has been cancelled. New date is to be determined," the bulletin said, with no additional explanation.
The sexual misconduct investigations come as the Archdiocese of Newark is beginning an audit of its personnel files to look into previous accusations of abuse.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin, head of the Archdiocese of Newark, called for the audit after the resignation of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former head of the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Metuchen.
McCarrick has been accused of decades of sexual abuse of young boys and sexual misconduct with priests and seminarians while fellow church officials allowed him to rise to the top ranks of the church hierarchy. He is awaiting a church trial.
The recent report by a Pennsylvania grand jury detailing the alleged church cover-up of the abuse of more than 1,000 children by more than 300 priests in that state has led to a renewed focus on how the Catholic Church handles sexual misconduct and abuse claims.
Earlier this month, freelance journalist Ed Hanratty wrote a column inspired by the Pennsylvania grand jury report in which he detailed his alleged abuse by Sudol, the priest in Jersey City, while he was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ridgefield Park in the 1980s and 1990s.
Hanratty alleged Sudol would hug and kiss altar boys on the mouth. The priest later sexually abused Hanratty in his family's pool when he was invited over for dinner, the journalist alleged.
"Following the Pennsylvania report and the public outcry, I felt that now was the time to tell my story. Not because I was stunned by the events in the Keystone State, but because I wasn't. Because I STILL don't think we've even scratched the surface on this scandal," Hanratty wrote in his column.
Sudol has been previously accused of sexual misconduct in the 1990s, but no criminal charges were filed against him, and he was permitted to return to the ministry, Goodness said.
Weiner, the priest in Westwood, is accused of sexually abusing a young seminarian in 1988 at St. Benedict's Parish in Newark.
The Rev. Desmond Rossi, a priest in the Diocese of Albany, said he was a seminarian when he was thrown on a bed and sexually assaulted after a night of drinking by Weiner, then a transitional deacon, and another priest, who has since died.
Rossi said he filed a complaint with the archdiocese's review board and his allegations were deemed "credible," but they could not be substantiated. He agreed to a settlement with the archdiocese in 2004, for about $35,000, to cover the cost of counseling, he said.
After the allegations against McCarrick, Rossi asked the church to reopen his case against Weiner.
"I decided I just can no longer stay quiet and afraid," Rossi said earlier this month.
Staff writer Ted Sherman contributed to this report.
The cause of death for the woman was death was blunt force trauma.
A neighbor of a woman found beaten to death in a senior apartment building in Newark July has been charged with killing her, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday.
Raymond Cruz, 44, is charged with the murder of neighbor Nellie Marquez, 55, as well as weapons violations, the office said.
Marquez was killed in the Seth Boyden apartment complex on July 14, according to prosecutors.
Marquez lived alone and was a well-known member of building's tenant association board, according to prosecutors.
The apartments are across the street from Weequahic Park and consist of senior and affordable housing residential complexes owned by Newark Housing Authority.
A family member called for help after finding her, officials said.
The prosecutor's office did not elaborate on the case or publicly reveal a motive in the crime.
Prosecutors said he convinced the men to invest in a sports beverage company without telling them he helped run it.
A Montclair man who worked as a business manager for celebrity clients was convicted Wednesday of defrauding R&B singers Ne-Yo and Brian McKnight of millions through a sports beverage investment scam.
Kevin R. Foster's conviction came just two years after he was first indicted on wire fraud, money laundering and other charges by a federal grand jury in Ohio, following an investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office there.
Federal prosecutors said Foster, 42, convinced Ne-Yo -- whose real name is Shaffer Smith --and McKnight to invest their money in OXYwater, a brand of flavored sports drinks, without telling them he was an officer of the company.
The jury seated before Chief Judge Edmund A. Sargas in Columbus also convicted Foster of stealing millions directly from the singers' bank accounts both to fund the company's operations and to pay for a lavish lifestyle that included Giants and Knicks tickets, luxury vehicles and designer watches, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office and court records.
Foster's prosecution follows the conviction of two other men, Thomas E. Jackson and Preston J. Harrison, for defrauding other investors of approximately $9 million as part of the OXYwater scheme.
His court-appointed attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday evening.
Court records show a sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.
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The hard working folks that kept New Jersey going.
It's a safe bet that, good or bad, everyone remembers their first job.
Some folks have had the good fortune to enjoy working for one employer for their entire career, and then there are people like me who have had so many jobs that there's a really long pause after the question 'And what do YOU do?'
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The City Council took the first steps this week to allow dispensaries in Newark.
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As the Murphy Administration looks to grow New Jersey's medical marijuana program, Newark says it is ready to join the expansion.
This week, the City Council said it would allow cannabis dispensaries in certain areas of the city to relieve residents who have to travel to the nearest facility in Montclair for treatment.
In two resolutions, passed Tuesday, the council supported opening medical marijuana facilities in the city but also set limits on where they could be located. The proposed changes to Newark's zoning laws, which would allow the dispensaries, will be sent to the planning board for review.
The proposal permits dispensaries in areas designated as "green zones" that are near medical facilities or light industrial properties. However, they must be 200 feet from schools, colleges and parks.
"We believe that medical marijuana dispensaries promote the health and welfare of cannabis patients," Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement. "This ordinance will reduce the burden on Newark residents who use medical marijuana and must now travel miles to secure that treatment."
Last month Murphy called for up to six more medical marijuana providers, which would effectively double the size of the program. Applications to the state are due by the end of the month.
Other towns like South Orange and Fort Lee are reportedly considering similar measures.
There are 25,000 patients in the program, compared to 16,000 at the end of 2017, according to the Department of Health. And every week, officials say they register another 500 patients in the program.
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Sen. Joseph Vitale also vowed to renew his efforts to pass legislation that would abolish the two-year statute of limitations on filing civil sexual abuse claims.
Incensed by the flood of new revelations about sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church, a state senator Thursday called on Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to impanel a grand jury to investigate the crimes and cover-ups in New Jersey.
Sen. Joseph Vitale, D-Middlesex, said he wanted New Jersey to embark on a similar investigation that led to a Pennsylvania grand jury revealing in a 1,356-page report Aug 14 the names of 300 priests accused of sexual abuse.
The lawmaker said he would also renew his effort to eliminate New Jersey's two-year statute of limitations in sex abuse cases.
Vitale said he is also compelled to act after the resignation of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick amid allegations he sexually abused young boys, seminarians and priests, and the financial payouts the Archdiocese of Newark made privately.
"Given the wide scope of abuse found in Pennsylvania and the Vatican's action against McCarrick, we must investigate now. Victims should not have to wait any longer for accountability and for justice," Vitale said.
Vitale also said he had requested a meeting with Cardinal Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Newark, who ordered a reexamination of sexual abuse cases involving clergy, officials said.
Vitale called on Tobin to create a hotline for victims to encourage them to come forward.
New Jersey's five Catholic dioceses have paid out at least $50 million to sexual abuse victims, according to a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ Advance Media reported last week.
Vitale vowed to pursue two pieces of legislation.
One would make the results of the grand jury public, including the names of any clergy members "credibly accused."
"This change will allow for greater accountability, transparency and justice," Vitale's statement said.
He also said he would renew his efforts to pass legislation that would abolish the two-year statute of limitations on filing civil sexual abuse claims -- a bill first introduced in the state Legislature in 2002 but has been stymied by nervous lawmakers afraid to vote against something the Catholic Church opposes. Opponents to the bill said the lawsuits would drive churches and other nonprofits into insolvency.
"It is far past due for New Jersey to do something," Vitale's statement said. "The only way forward is legislation that holds institutions and individual perpetrators responsible while giving victims more time to bring a case and face their abusers."
More than 1,000 children were sexually abused by at least 300 priests in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania while top church officials tried to cover up the problem for decades, the Pennsylvania grand jury report said.
Four of them had served in New Jersey. One went to prison. Another died awaiting trial. One was placed on leave, but escaped prosecution because the statute of limitations had expired. Another was removed from ministry and retired.
Attorney General Grewal's Office could not be reached for immediate comment.
A spokesman for the New Jersey Catholic Conference, representing the state's bishops, said a comment would be forthcoming shortly.
"I want to be clear that my work on behalf of victims has never been targeted at the Church. I am compelled to address them and request immediate action because of recent reports," Vitale's statement said.
"But I know, and all of the advocates and victims out there know, abuse happens at the hands of many different types of perpetrators, and many different institutions, who should be held culpable," his statement said. "I am remaining steadfast in my work to bring full justice to all victims of child sex abuse who are pursuing a civil case against their abusers."
NJ Advance Media Staff Writers Kelly Heyboer and Ted Sherman contributed to this report.
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The SUV thief led police on a chase through Fairfield before crashing on Little Falls Road
Fairfield police are looking for a car thief who led them on a wild chase that ended Friday when the vehicle crashed on Little Falls Road, taking down power lines and catching fire.
A resident called police about 2 a.m. to report his GMC Acadia had been burglarized while parked on Henning Drive.
Missing was loose change and the SUV's keys, which the victim told officers he had placed under the front seat.
"The officers advised the victim that they strongly felt that the (suspect) may return to steal the vehicle," police Chief Anthony Manna said in a statement.
The victim did not have a spare set of keys to move the SUV from the area, Manna said.
Police placed the SUV under surveillance until about 4:30 a.m., when they saw the inside light and brake lights come on, Manna said.
"The Acadia then began to pull away," Manna said.
Police chased the SUV, driven by a man wearing a ski mask, for more than three miles.
"The pursuit eventually wound up on Little Falls Road, with the Acadia crashing and rolling over and taking down power lines," Manna said.
The Acadia caught fire, he added.
Firefighters doused the flames and when police officers approached, they discovered the car thief had gotten away, Manna said.
Around 6:30 a.m., police in North Caldwell received a report of another stolen vehicle near the crash site.
"It is strongly believed that the suspect from the pursuit was (responsible for) the theft of this vehicle," Manna said.
The chief said his officers on Friday took 15 reports of vehicle burglaries in the area of Henning Drive, where the Acadia was stolen.
Anyone with information about the crimes may call police at 973-227-1400.