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For immediate release: August 16, 2007
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Retired Assignment Judge to Review Bail Procedures in Essex Case

Retired Superior Court Judge Arthur N. D'Italia will conduct an independent review of the prior criminal cases of a suspect in the Aug. 4 murders of three Newark residents. Judge D'Italia will examine court procedures followed in consolidating and setting bail in these cases.

"In the aftermath of this tragedy, concerns have been raised about the setting of bail in this matter. It is important that we address these questions openly, swiftly and fairly for the sake of all involved. As a result, an independent review will be conducted, and its results will be released publicly," Chief Justice Stuart Rabner said.

"I am grateful to Judge D'Italia for agreeing to conduct this review. His credentials are impeccable, and his depth of knowledge of bail statutes, criminal court rules, constitutional issues, and day-to-day court processes make him the right person to assess how these issues were resolved," Rabner said.

Judge D'Italia was appointed to the bench in 1989 in the Criminal Division of the Hudson County Superior Court. In 1990, he was named assignment judge, where he served until he retired in September 2004. While assignment judge, he was a member of the Judicial Council, which is charged with management of all trial courts in the state; he also served as co-chair of the Management and Operations Committee and chair of its Labor Relations and Personnel Committee. In 1993, Judge D'Italia was appointed to chair the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Outside Activities of Judiciary Employees and served as chair until his retirement. In March 2005 he became counsel to the law firm of Chasan Leyner & Lamparello in Secaucus.

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