WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (CN) – A recently appointed Superior Court judge was suspended without pay after being arrested and charged with hindering police who were trying to arrest an armed robbery suspect, her boyfriend, the Newark Star-Ledger and the New Jersey Supreme Court said Wednesday.
Carlia Brady, who was appointed to the Middlesex County Superior Court bench in February, interfered with police who were trying to arrest a man she had been dating, The Star-Ledger reported on its website, nj.com.
It attributed the information to “three law enforcement sources familiar with the case,” and the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Brady, the first Filipina-American Superior Court judge in New Jersey, was immediately suspended without pay from her job, which pays $165,000 a year.
“She will perform no judicial functions until further notice,” Chief Justice Stuart Rabner said in a statement reported by the Star-Ledger.
The robbery suspect, Jason Prontnicki, 41, was arrested at the judge’s house or as he was leaving it, according to nj.com. He is charged with robbing a pharmacy on April 29, wielding a crowbar and demanding drugs.
Judge Brady knew he was wanted but did not notify police, according to the newspaper.
A spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie, who appointed Brady, told nj.com: “If the accusations about a sitting Superior Court judge are true, then the conduct is deplorable and frankly, stupid.”
The websites of the New Jersey Supreme Court and Middlesex Superior Court had no information about the allegations this morning (Thursday).
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