Ah! It’s finally spring break! Time to put the pressures of the semester behind you and have some fun with your friends!
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Don’t Test Your Luck: Tips for Staying Safe this St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day throughout History
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17th in observance of the death of St. Patrick, a Catholic priest who died more than a thousand years ago. In the 17th century, Ireland recognized St. Patrick as a patron saint of Ireland and March 17th was observed as a religious holiday and feast day. But this was definitely no boozy feast; to the contrary, St. Patrick’s Day was actually a dry holiday in Ireland. Up until the 1970s, Irish law prohibited pubs from opening on March 17th as a mark of respect for this religious day. Irish officials thought keeping the pubs open on this day would be too tempting for those observing lent and drunkenness would undermine the solemnity of the religious holiday. So how did this holiday shapeshift from a day of religious reverence to a day a ruckus and drunken revelers? Some historians believe that this evolution of St. Patrick’s Day is perhaps an Irish-American construct, since the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City on March 17, 1762 when Irish soldiers serving with the British army marched through the city to a local tavern.
New Jersey School Bus Driver Charged with Commercial DWI
On December 20, 2017, a school bus driver named Angel Colon was driving a school bus transporting approximately 20 kids to a private school. A Lakewood, NJ police officer responded to a road rage report incident involving the school bus and another car. According to the police, as the officer spoke to the school bus driver, he smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed he had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The school bus driver was charged with DWI and endangering the welfare of children.
New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies Vague Criminal Harassment Statute in Recent Decision
Basic Facts of the Case: In State v. Burkert, a Union County, NJ corrections officer named William Burkert was convicted of two counts of harassment after making and posting flyers about his fellow corrections officer and coworker, Gerald Halton. The flyers contained modified wedding photos of Halton and his wife and also included vulgar statements about Halton. After Halton saw the flyers, he claimed he feared for his safety and his ability to command authority among the inmates he was in charge of. Halton then left his job as a correction offer.
New Jersey Expungement Law Changes (Part 2)
Here on the Law Office of Eric M. Mark Blog, we recently published this blog, the first part of a two-part blog series on recent changes to New Jersey’s expungement laws. As discussed in the first part of this blog, expungement laws in New Jersey are some of the strictest in the country.
New Jersey’s expungement statute
New Jersey’s expungement statute is contained in N.J.S.A. 2C:52-1, et. seq., defining expungement as: “extraction and isolation of all records on file within any court, detention or correctional facility, law enforcement or criminal justice agency concerning a person’s detection, apprehension, arrest, detention, trial or disposition of an offense within the criminal justice system.”