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Trenton Mayor Removed, BridgeGate, Tentative Judge Selection and More

By Gabriella Khorasanee, JD | Last updated on

There's a lot of seat-shifting going on right now in the Third Circuit. Between the Trenton Mayor's removal, BridgeGate, and the tentative selection of a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, New Jersey is having a hard time staying out of the legal headlines.

Removal of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack

On Wednesday, New Jersey State Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson removed Trenton Mayor Tony Mack from office, following a jury conviction for fraud, bribery and extortion, all related to government corruption, reports The Associated Press.

City Council President George Muschal, a retired police officer, was sworn in and is taking Mack's place until the end of Mack's term, July 1, 2014. Apparently Mack is not alone, with the AP citing Mayors of Asbury Park, Camden and Newark that have been found guilty of corruption charges since 2000.

BridgeGate Cases Merged

In somewhat related news -- only insofar as the same judge is concerned -- Judge Mary Jacobson (see above) has merged two cases related to former Governor Chris Christie aides alleged to be involved in the BridgeGate scandal, reports the AP. Judge Jacobson will hear the cases of Bridget Kelly, former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Stepien, former campaign manager, together on March 11, 2014.

Tentative Selection of Bankruptcy Judge

After reviewing the recommendations of a merit selection committee tasked with suggesting candidates for upcoming vacancies on the bench of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, the Judicial Council has announced the tentative selection of Andrew B. Altenburg, Jr. for a bankruptcy judgeship, announced the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

If you would like to comment about Andrew B. Altenburg Jr.'s qualifications, you must do so by Thursday, March 13, 2014, and send your comments to:

Margaret A. Wiegand
Circuit Executive
22409 U.S. Courthouse
601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1790.

Acknowledgement of 2013 Pro Bono Counsel

In a final note, the Third Circuit "[g]ratefully acknowledge[d] Attorneys, Law Firms and Law School Clinics for their Dedication and Acceptance of Appointments as Pro Bono Counsel in 2013." You can view the certificate here.

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