Friday, May 19, 2017

Land Rover Sinks Into Ocean Beach at the Island Beach State Park in South Jersey as Driver Tries to Photograph the Sea





SUV Sinks Into NJ Beach as Man Tries to Photograph It by Ocean



Video posted on Facebook shows a man trying to dig his SUV out of a Jersey Shore beach. Officials said he was trying to take photos of it next to the ocean when it got stuck and began sinking. (Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017)

A man trying to take scenic photos of his SUV by the Jersey Shore ended up trying to dig the vehicle out after it started sinking into the water-logged sand, officials said.

State Park Police responded to a call Tuesday about a vehicle stuck at Island Beach State Park, about 15 miles southeast of Toms River, officials said. A tow company arrived around the same time to find the man at the surf line with his vehicle.


The driver had a Mobile Sportfishing Vehicle permit, which allows him to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on fishing beaches. He was not issued a summons, officials said.

Witnesses said the man insisted on driving the vehicle away after it was towed, even though its lights were flashing and its engine was making strange sounds.

A leaking propane tank inside a U-Haul truck exploded, destroying the truck in Summerville, SC









Propane tank explodes, destroying U-Haul truck


by ABC News 4

Wednesday, May 17th 2017


SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — A propane tank inside a U-Haul truck exploded Wednesday, causing residents nearby to think there was another earthquake in the area.


The incident happened near the Waffle House in the Publix shopping center near Orangeburg Road and Central Avenue.

Witnesses said the propane tank was attached to a grill in the moving truck.

Our crew on the scene says the bomb squad was called out as a precaution to monitor other tanks that had not exploded. They also report the U-Haul driver had loaded the tank Tuesday night but left the gas on. The gas built up over night and sparked while he was driving on Wednesday.


No injuries were reported.

Judge Thomas Goethals decided that ex-construction worker Cole Wilkins, who has spent the last 11 years in jail, can at the most be re-tried on a harder-to-prove charge of second degree murder in the wake of a 2006 traffic accident caused when a stolen stove fell off Wilkins’ truck.



A Superior Court judge on Wednesday ruled that the Orange County District Attorney’s team acted so badly in the case of a defendant blamed in the death of a sheriff’s deputy that he dismissed a charge of first degree murder.

Judge Thomas Goethals decided that ex-construction worker Cole Wilkins, who has spent the last 11 years in jail, can at the most be re-tried on a harder-to-prove charge of second degree murder in the wake of a 2006 traffic accident caused when a stolen stove fell off Wilkins’ truck.

Goethals said he based his decision on the “serious misconduct” of former prosecutor Michael Murray who failed to act when notified that a traffic report was altered in way that helped the prosecution. The original report was shredded and its existence was never disclosed to the defense or heard by the jury in Wilkins’ first trial.

“When the trial prosecutor was repeatedly put on notice that there were irregularities involving the investigation of his case—twice by members of his own prosecution team–he was constitutionally obliged to address the issue. He did not,” Goethals said of Murray in his five-page ruling.

Murray is now an Orange County Superior Court judge and, as such, cannot comment on the case.

Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff for District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, said Wednesday the office disagrees with the court’s findings and interpretation of the law and is considering an appeal.

“What changed today is the Orange County District Attorney’s Office’s (OCDA) ability to pursue a first degree murder charge,” Schroeder said.

“What has not changed is the OCDA’s resolve to hold Cole Wilkins accountable for the death of Los Angeles Sheriff Deputy David Piquette and depriving his wife and young family of a lifetime together.”

Evidence presented in court shows that following Piquette’s death, California Highway Patrol administrators changed a report that benefited Wilkins and destroyed the original document. Those officials also created a second report that benefited prosecutors.

“The trial prosecutor compounded the problem by essentially ignoring information he received that should have put him on notice of law enforcement’s misconduct,” Goethals wrote.

Goethals stressed that his decision was not meant to punish the district attorney’s office, but to assure a fair trial for Wilkins.

The decision Wednesday deals another setback to the embattled district attorney’s office, hobbled during the past four years by controversy over its use of jailhouse informants and the withholding of evidence.

The scandal has sparked separate investigations by the Orange County Grand Jury, the state Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice. An appeals court has described local prosecutors’ misconduct as “systemic.”

Goethals is the same judge who removed the district attorney’s office in 2015 from the penalty trial of mass murderer Scott Dekraai, who pleaded guilty to killing eight and injuring one in a shooting rampage at a Seal Beach salon.


His latest ruling involves a complicated case that began when Wilkins stole large kitchen appliances from a house under construction in Riverside County in the early morning hours of July 7, 2006. Wilkins drove about 60 miles when the boxed stove fell out of his truck about 5 a.m. on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim. Wilkins didn’t know the stove was gone and kept driving until he was pulled over miles away by an angry motorist.

Drivers swerved to miss the stove, including several who didn’t have accidents. Piquette, on his way to work, collided with a cement truck and was killed. The original report on the incident indicated Piquette’s driving was the primary cause of the accident. The second report reversed that conclusion and said other factors caused the accident.

Piquette’s death sparked a public wave of mourning by the community and his brethren in law enforcement.

Wilkins was charged with first-degree murder on the theory that he caused Piquette’s death while in the commission of a felony. He was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to 25-years-to-life in prison. In 2013, that conviction was overturned by an appellate court based questions concerning jury instructions.

In Wilkins’ new hearing, Goethal’s ruling means that prosecutors must show that Wilkins acted with a conscious disregard for human life – which legal experts say is harder to prove. If convicted, Wilkins would be eligible for parole 10 years sooner than if convicted of a first-degree charge.

Child playing with a lighter at The Views on Longcreek was the cause of a fire that damaged 12 apartments, displaced 30 people and killed a dog.



  (Source: Columbia Fire Department/Twitter)
 


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The Richland County Fire Marshal's Office says a child playing with a lighter at an apartment complex Thursday afternoon was the cause of a fire that displaced 30 people and killed a dog.

Twelve apartments were damaged as a result of the fire at The Views on Longcreek off Longcreek Drive. The Red Cross has been assisting those affected by the blaze.

No one was seriously injured in the fire, but a dog in one of the lower level apartments died shortly after being rescued.

The fire marshal is using the fire to help remind parents to keep matches and lighters in safe locations out of the sight and reach of small children.

No word on damage estimates.



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30 residents displaced, cat rescued from Columbia apartment fire 



Thursday, May 18th 2017, 5:53 pm EDT
By Tanita Gaither, Digital Content Manager


 COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

At least 12 apartment units were damaged, four significantly, following a 2-alarm fire at The Views on Longcreek off Longcreek Drive Thursday afternoon.

According to the Columbia Fire Department, at least 30 residents are displaced and will receive assistance from the Red Cross of South Carolina and the apartment complex.

A cat was also rescued from one of the apartments and returned to its owner. There were no injuries to residents or firefighters.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is being investigated by the Richland County Fire Marshal. Both CFD and the Irmo Fire Department responded to the fire.

This is the second fire at the apartment complex in the last month. Two dogs were rescued from a fire in late April.


IS PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF RICHARD BERDNIK GOING TO RESIGN FOLLOWING THE DISCOVERY OF THE LUCAS/D'AGOSTINO CONSPIRACY AND THE CHANCERY JUDGE MARGARET MCVEIGH BOMBSHELL?

IS PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF RICHARD BERDNIK GOING TO RESIGN FOLLOWING THE DISCOVERY OF THE LUCAS/D'AGOSTINO CONSPIRACY AND THE CHANCERY JUDGE MARGARET MCVEIGH BOMBSHELL?







The corrupt and/or incompetent Chancery Judge Mary Margaret McVeigh of Passaic County, New Jersey.  She conspired with Robert Del Vecchio, American Tax Funding and other convicted felons to sign off on judgments of possession without having subject matter jurisdiction over land possession issues and without performing any hearings.  Land possession judgments are adjudicated by the Law Division and not by the Chancery Court.  She caused millions of dollars in damages by illegally evicting people from their homes;  she also violated the anti-eviction act and the summary dispossess act of New Jersey.

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IS PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF RICHARD BERDNIK GOING TO RESIGN FOLLOWING THE DISCOVERY OF THE LUCAS/D'AGOSTINO CONSPIRACY AND THE CHANCERY JUDGE MARGARET MCVEIGH BOMBSHELL?


Dear Sheriff Berdnik:
There are some news reports that you may be forced to resign following the discovery of the Lucas/D'Agostino conspiracy.  For example, please see here:


Mary Cook Retweeted


@Passaic_Sheriff BREAKING!!! IS SHERIFF BERDNIK GOING TO RESIGN OVER THE DISCOVERED LUCAS/D'AGOSTINO CONSPIRACY?





Reading that article, it says that Lucas was not even at the scene of the alleged assault.  He later claimed that he was the one assaulted.  However he has made so many errors in his reports and statements that it is obvious he was not there. He also claimed that he injured his left shoulder, but everybody who knew Lucas has reported that he was a well-known linebacker who had an already injured shoulder.

I am not going to bother you too much, but there are also reports that you have been enforcing void judgments or writs that were issued by an allegedly corrupt judge, the Chancery Judge Margaret McVeigh.  See here, for a small sample of what is going on:




Samantha Diaz@diazsamantha751


MAJOR CORRUPTION IN #PASSAIC COUNTY: CHANCERY JUDGE W/O SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION ISSUED ILLEGAL JUDGMENT OR ORDER


Stacy White @whitestacy4561

@AssemblyNJ EXPLOSIVE!! CORRUPTION. JUDGE MCVEIGH ISSUED ORDERS W/O SJCT MATTER JRSD metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-co

Bill Stevens Retweeted Vince Sear

@aSSEMBLYNJ @NJSENDEMS @GovChristie SHAME, SHAME, SHAME. CLEANUP THIS CORRUPTION OR INCOMPETENCY IN THE JUDICIARY

Vince Sear @vfdsear

@NJSenDems RECKLESS JUDGE ISSUES ORDER W/O SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION, CAUSES $$$$ DAMAGES twitter.com/allisonbrown26



Do you have anything to say regarding these reports? 

I appreciate your time.

Thank you for keeping out county safe.  But corrupt individuals or entities must be eradicated.

Very Truly Yours,

Emma Rogers   emmarogers456@aol.com


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Office of the Passaic County Sheriff
William Maer
Media Information & OPRA Processing Unit
11 Sheriff's Plaza
Paterson, NJ 07502
bmaer@pcsheriff.org
973-389-5900





Gary F. Giardina


Business Administrator


Passaic County Sheriff’s Office


435 Hamburg Turnpike


Wayne, NJ 07470


973-389-5900  x2321







PROOFS THAT RON LUCAS WAS NOT AT THE SCENE OF THE ALLEGED ASSAULT AND INTENTIONALLY FRAMED THE HOMEOWNER





Dear Sheriff Berdnik/Mr. Maer/Mr. Giardina:





I am an investigative reporter with Metro Forensics and I have been working on one of our Innocence Projects regarding "State v. Basilis Stephanatos".


I am writing regarding the report published in the media regarding crimes committed by the Passaic County Sheriff Department in framing and concealing evidence from an incident that occurred on June 28, 2011.  Here is the link to that report:












We have discovered that significant amount of contradicting and/or exculpatory evidence was not presented to the grand jurors and to the Superior Court.  Recently, we discovered that Robert Del Vecchio filed false statements with the Passaic County Sheriff.  These false statements were used to portray Mr. Stephanatos as a violent person during the grand jury proceedings and in briefings before the Superior Court.  Please see my earlier correspondence with the Sheriff, providing you with a tip on where to find and authenticate this info.





The biggest bombshell is the discovery of the Ron Lucas false testimony and the conspiracy formed by the Passaic County Sheriff officers to frame Basilis Stephanatos.  I discovered that Ron Lucas was not even at the scene of the alleged assault.  As you realize, this is a bombshell of gigantic proportions and that is why you are trying to revoke Mr. Basilis Stephanatos’ bail (guaranteed by the state constitution), essentially silencing him.





25 CLUES THAT LUCAS WAS NOT AT THE SCENE OF THE ALLEGED ASSAULT


We have collected at least 25 clues to refute the allegations that Lucas was at the scene of an alleged assault on June 28, 2011 at a property located at 687 Indian Road, Wayne, New Jersey and at 8:50 am EST.


Here is our first clue.





Clue #1


I am attaching the original charge filed by Ron Lucas on 6/28/2011 under Section NJS 2C:17-2C.  As you see, he wrote the reason for the charge is “placing sliver[sic] metal container on his front steps causing the evacuation of neighbors”. 


As you know by now, this was a black plastic safety container for the environmental instruments used in Basilis Stephanatos’ business.  It was placed there to be picked up by the vendor, Pines Environmental.  This has already been confirmed by the prosecutor, Peter Roby, way back in 2011 before judge Filko. 





Note that Lucas writes: “sliver [sic] metal” (he meant silver).  However, this was a black plastic instrument case.   The date of this warrant-complaint is 6/28/2011, i.e., the date of the incident.  So, Lucas must have had very vivid memory of that instrument for which he wrote a complaint about.  However, he fails to even correctly identify it in his own report.  This is another clue telling us that Lucas was not there at the scene to eye-witness the instrument.





Sheriff, I know you are a busy person.  Please let me know if you do not want to receive any more reporting from our Innocence Project on the case of “State v. Stephanatos”.





Any comments?


Sincerely,





 Barbara Williams
Investigative Reporter

barbarawilliams33@aol.com





CC:


Passaic County Administration Building
401 Grand Street
Paterson, New Jersey 07505
Main Number: 973-881-4800
Fax: 973-225-0155





Valdes, Roby, Dewey

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RE:    PROOFS THAT RON LUCAS WAS NOT AT THE SCENE OF THE ALLEGED ASSAULT AND INTENTIONALLY FRAMED THE HOMEOWNER BY LYING TO THE COURTS
          STATE V. BASILIS STEPHANATOS

Dear Judge De la Carrera/Mr. Feinstein:

I am an investigative reporter with Metro Forensics and I have been working on one of our Innocence Projects regarding "State v. Basilis Stephanatos".  You are listed as the presiding judge and Mr. Feistein is the Defense Attorney.


We have discovered that significant amount of contradicting and/or exculpatory evidence was not presented to the grand jurors and to the Superior Court.  Recently, we discovered that Robert Del Vecchio filed patently false statements with the Passaic County Sheriff to be able to steal the Stephanatos' real estate property at 687 Indian Road, Wayne, New Jersey.  These patently false statements were used to portray Mr. Stephanatos as a violent person during the grand jury proceedings and in briefings before the Superior Court.  Please see my earlier correspondence with the Sheriff, providing him with a tip on where to find and authenticate this info.



The biggest bombshell is the discovery of the Ron Lucas false testimony and the conspiracy formed by the Passaic County Sheriff officers to frame Basilis Stephanatos.  I discovered that Ron Lucas was not even at the scene of the alleged assault.  As you realize, this is a bombshell of gigantic proportions and that is why you are trying to revoke Mr. Basilis Stephanatos’ bail (guaranteed by the state constitution), essentially silencing him.  This assault on Mr. Stephanatos' First Amendment Rights is heinous, to say the least, fully characteristic of corrupt prosecutors and sheriff officers.


25 CLUES THAT LUCAS WAS NOT AT THE SCENE OF THE ALLEGED ASSAULT

We have collected at least 25 clues to refute the allegations that Lucas was at the scene of an alleged assault on June 28, 2011 at a property located at 687 Indian Road, Wayne, New Jersey and at 8:50 am EST.

Our first clue is reported below (see our forwarded letter to the Passaic County Sheriff).


LUCAS' SHOULDER - HE WAS A LINEBACKER, HITTING HIS OPPONENTS WITH HIS SHOULDER

As part of an investigation I have been performing for the last few months, I discovered that Ronald A. Lucas, a former Passaic County sheriff officer with the Civil Division lied about his on-the-job shoulder injury.  He claimed that he fell on the job on June 28, 2011 at 687 Indian Road, Wayne, NJ.  He then filed a disability claim with the New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits (Police and Firemen Retirement System).  He was granted disability for one year with subsequent review.  After he retired with claimed disability, he obtained a job as part-time security guard at the Pequannock High School.


We discovered that Mr. Lucas suffered shoulder injuries while playing football and lifting weights over his lifetime.  He was a linebacker with the Pompton Lakes Cardinals.  Everybody knows that linebackers tackle their opponents using their shoulders.  He even made the All County Team in 1980.

He also trained his two sons (Dean Lucas and Ronnie Lucas) into playing TE and DE positions also with the Cardinals football team.  In fact, linebackers suffer at least 13.5 percent of all football injuries and at least 65 percent of the linebackers end up undergoing surgery.


We discovered that Mr. Lucas has been complaining about his shoulder for several years prior to the June 28, 2011 incident.  Several Passaic County Sheriff employees and several of his neighbors can attest to that.


We also discovered that based on what he said regarding the subject incident, he must have fallen (if true) onto his right shoulder.  However, the shoulder that Mr. Lucas claimed he injured was his left shoulder.  We have obtained photos where he wears a shoulder support in his left shoulder.


We have obtained photos showing Mr. Lucas lifting weights, after his alleged job-ending disability.

It is obvious to a reasonable and objective person that Lucas (in his mid-50s) took this incident on June 28, 2011 to claim on the job injury and to retire and then blame Basilis Stephanatos for his injuries.  After he retired, he started the double dipping.  The finest of New Jersey at "work".

I apologize for taking the Court's time.  However, this is extraordinary evidence/information that I believe will help this Court in performing its fact-finding mission.

Very Truly Yours,



Barbara Williams
Investigative Reporter
Metro Forensics
barbarawilliams33@aol.com





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To: bmaer <bmaer@pcsheriff.org>; ggiardina <ggiardina@pcsheriff.org>; rberdnik <rberdnik@pcsheriff.org>
Cc: proby <proby@passaiccountynj.org>; cvaldes <cvaldes@passaiccountynj.org>; wdewey <wdewey@passaiccountynj.org>
Sent: Tue, Mar 15, 2016 6:45 am
Subject: PROOFS THAT RON LUCAS WAS NOT AT THE SCENE OF THE ALLEGED ASSAULT AND INTENTIONALLY FRAMED THE HOMEOWNER BY LYING TO THE COURTS

Office of the Passaic County Sheriff
William Maer
Media Information & OPRA Processing Unit
11 Sheriff's Plaza
Paterson, NJ 07502
bmaer@pcsheriff.org
973-389-5900



Gary F. Giardina

Business Administrator

Passaic County Sheriff’s Office

435 Hamburg Turnpike

Wayne, NJ 07470

973-389-5900  x2321




PROOFS THAT RON LUCAS WAS NOT AT THE SCENE OF THE ALLEGED ASSAULT AND INTENTIONALLY FRAMED THE HOMEOWNER



Dear Sheriff Berdnik/Mr. Maer/Mr. Giardina:



I am an investigative reporter with Metro Forensics and I have been working on one of our Innocence Projects regarding "State v. Basilis Stephanatos".

I am writing regarding the report published in the media regarding crimes committed by the Passaic County Sheriff Department in framing and concealing evidence from an incident that occurred on June 28, 2011.  Here is the link to that report:







We have discovered that significant amount of contradicting and/or exculpatory evidence was not presented to the grand jurors and to the Superior Court.  Recently, we discovered that Robert Del Vecchio filed false statements with the Passaic County Sheriff.  These false statements were used to portray Mr. Stephanatos as a violent person during the grand jury proceedings and in briefings before the Superior Court.  Please see my earlier correspondence with the Sheriff, providing you with a tip on where to find and authenticate this info.



The biggest bombshell is the discovery of the Ron Lucas false testimony and the conspiracy formed by the Passaic County Sheriff officers to frame Basilis Stephanatos.  I discovered that Ron Lucas was not even at the scene of the alleged assault.  As you realize, this is a bombshell of gigantic proportions and that is why you are trying to revoke Mr. Basilis Stephanatos’ bail (guaranteed by the state constitution), essentially silencing him.



25 CLUES THAT LUCAS WAS NOT AT THE SCENE OF THE ALLEGED ASSAULT

We have collected at least 25 clues to refute the allegations that Lucas was at the scene of an alleged assault on June 28, 2011 at a property located at 687 Indian Road, Wayne, New Jersey and at 8:50 am EST.

Here is our first clue.



Clue #1

I am attaching the original charge filed by Ron Lucas on 6/28/2011 under Section NJS 2C:17-2C.  As you see, he wrote the reason for the charge is “placing sliver[sic] metal container on his front steps causing the evacuation of neighbors”. 

As you know by now, this was a black plastic safety container for the environmental instruments used in Basilis Stephanatos’ business.  It was placed there to be picked up by the vendor, Pines Environmental.  This has already been confirmed by the prosecutor, Peter Roby, way back in 2011 before Judge Filko. 



Note that Lucas writes: “sliver [sic] metal” (he meant silver).  However, this was a black plastic instrument case.   The date of this warrant-complaint is 6/28/2011, i.e., the date of the incident.  So, Lucas must have had very vivid memory of that instrument for which he wrote a complaint about.  However, he fails to even correctly identify it in his own report.  This is another clue telling us that Lucas was not there at the scene to eye-witness the instrument.



Sheriff, I know you are a busy person.  Please let me know if you do not want to receive any more reporting from our Innocence Project on the case of “State v. Stephanatos”.



Any comments?

Sincerely,



 Barbara Williams
Investigative Reporter

barbarawilliams33@aol.com



CC:

Passaic County Administration Building
401 Grand Street
Paterson, New Jersey 07505
Main Number: 973-881-4800
Fax: 973-225-0155



Valdes, Roby, Dewey


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Dear Judge De la Carrera/Mr. Feinstein:

I am an investigative reporter with Metro Forensics and I have been working on one of our Innocence Projects regarding "State v. Basilis Stephanatos".  You are listed as the presiding judge and Mr. Feistein is the Defense Attorney.

We have discovered that significant amount of exculpatory evidence was not presented to the grand jurors and to this court.  Recently, we discovered that Robert Del Vecchio filed false statements with the Passaic County Sheriff.  These false statements were used to portray Mr. Stephanatos as a violent person during the grand jury proceedings and in briefings before this Court.  Please see my correspondence below with the Sheriff.

I can assure the Court that I have fully investigated these statements and are completely false.  I also gave information to the Sheriff to be able to retrieve that information from his records, as he seized Mr. Stephanatos' computers.

The biggest bobmshell is the discovery of the Ron Lucas false testimony.  I discovered that he was not even at the scene of the alleged assault.  As the Court can realize, this is a bombshell of gigantic proportions.  I have advised Mr. Stephanatos that he should be afraid of his life, as these revelations show some very deep corruption within the Sheriff Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor's office and these are armed people and have already shot and killed many innocent people under suspicious circumstances.

Please read the information provided below carefully.  I fully stand behind my reporting.

Very Truly Yours,



Barbara Williams
Investigative Reporter
Metro Forensics
barbarawilliams33@aol.com









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Dear Judge De la Carrera/Mr. Feinstein:

I am an investigative reporter with Metro Forensics and I have been working on one of our Innocence Projects regarding "State v. Basilis Stephanatos".  You are listed as the presiding judge and Mr. Feistein is the Defense Attorney.

We have discovered that significant amount of exculpatory evidence was not presented to the grand jurors and to this court.  Recently, we discovered that Robert Del Vecchio filed false statements with the Passaic County Sheriff.  These false statements were used to portray Mr. Stephanatos as a violent person during the grand jury proceedings and in briefings before this Court.  Please see my correspondence below with the Sheriff.

I can assure the Court that I have fully investigated these statements and are completely false.  I also gave information to the Sheriff to be able to retrieve that information from his records, as he seized Mr. Stephanatos' computers.

The biggest bobmshell is the discovery of the Ron Lucas false testimony.  I discovered that he was not even at the scene of the alleged assault.  As the Court can realize, this is a bombshell of gigantic proportions.  I have advised Mr. Stephanatos that he should be afraid of his life, as these revelations show some very deep corruption within the Sheriff Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor's office and these are armed people and have already shot and killed many innocent people under suspicious circumstances.

Please read the information provided below carefully.  I fully stand behind my reporting.

Very Truly Yours,



Barbara Williams
Investigative Reporter
Metro Forensics
barbarawilliams33@aol.com





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Office of the Passaic County Sheriff
William Maer
Media Information & OPRA Processing Unit
11 Sheriff's Plaza
Paterson, NJ 07502
bmaer@pcsheriff.org
973-389-5900

Dear Sheriff Berdnik/Mr. Maer:

I have just finished reading the following news report.  I provide the link where the information was found:


Here is an excerpt from that report.

Re: FALSE POLICE REPORT LEADS TO INCARCERATION OF INNOCENT HOMEOWNER IN PASSAIC COUNTY, NEW JERSEY

"Mary Johnson" <johnsonmary456@yandex.com>:
Recipient: rberdnik@pcsheriff.org
Dear Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik:

This is an informant tip.  Before I start, I must tell you that this information is 100% correct and I give you the right to arrest me if you find that I have misled you or lied to you in any way.

I have obtained the following information directly from the sources.

Apparently, in May or June 2011, a person named Robert Del Vecchio, Jr of Passaic County, New Jersey (he is a lawyer) lied to the Passaic County Sheriff about threats made to him by a person named Basilis (or Basil) Stephanatos of Wayne, New Jersey (also in Passaic County).  Apparently, Del Vecchio said to sheriff's officer Ronald A. Lucas that Basilis Stephanatos had threatened him with violence few days prior to a scheduled eviction on June 28, 2011.  As a result, Del Vecchio asked that several sheriff officers (including Lucas who was a Sworn Law Enforcement Officer) dispatch to the location of the Stephanatos' residence located at 687 Indian Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07670.

Specifically, Del Vecchio told Lucas that Basilis Stephanatos had told him that he "will beg to be instead fucked in the ass by a 5-ft long rhinoceros dick" if you try to evict him from his residence.

These accusations of threats of violence that Del Vecchio made were false.  According to information I obtained, Basilis Stephanatos never threatened Robert Del Vecchio with physical violence because he never had any contact or communication with him during that time. 

Here is what happened:

In 2008, Robert Del Vecchio put a lien onto Basilis Stephanatos' residential property for unpaid taxes that Stephanatos was disputing due to alleged over assessment of his residence (in fact, after the seizure of the Stephanatos' propety, Del Vecchio sold it for $330,000 which is the fair market value of the property.  However, the property was assessed by Wayne Township at $475,000.  This is about 40 percent greater over-assessment and thus no taxes were legally owed by Basilis Stephanatos- tragic, tragic, tragic situation).

In any event, around December 2008, Robert Del Vecchio, Jr. (he was a lawyer for American Tax Funding, Inc.) sent a letter to Basilis Stephanatos , notifying him that a lien has been placed onto his property.  Then on December 26, 2008, Basilis Stephanatos sent a letter to Robert Del Vecchio demanding that the lien be removed.  Basilis Stephanatos wrote that he is filing a criminal complaint and other reporting to the media.  He basically threatened Robert Del Vecchio with legal action and not physical violent threats.

This is what Basilis Stephanatos wrote to Robert Del Vecchio in the December 28, 2008 letter:

"This is not a threat – it is real.  After you see what we have in store for your client, you will beg to be instead fucked in the ass by a 5-ft long rhinoceros dick for the rest of your life.

Mary Christmas and Happy the New Year."

So, Stephanatos never threatened Del Vecchio with violence (he only wrote about legal action) and certainly this was 2.5 years prior to the June 28, 2011 incident.

Lucas then testified during the Grand Jury that Stephanatos was a violent person and that he had threatened Del Vecchio few days prior to the June 28, 2011 incident.

I was told that you should have the Stephanatos' letter in your possession, should you want to confirm its authenticity.  Apparently you seized all his computers in 2011, so you should have a copy of it.

I hope I have been helpful.

Thank you for your great service to our county.
Very Truly Yours,
Mary Johnson


As you know, filing false police reports is a criminal offense in New Jersey (and in most states).  Here is the criminal statute.
N.J.S.A. 2C:28-4. False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities
  1. Falsely incriminating another. A person who knowingly gives or causes to be given false information to any law enforcement officer with purpose to implicate another commits a crime of the fourth degree.

Do you have any comments to make to these reports?  Are you going to file criminal charges against this Robert Del Vecchio, Jr.?
What about the Ron Lucas alleged conspiracy to frame this homeowner?  The news report above provides some very significant details regarding what Lucas did to frame him and then testify during the Grand Jury that Basilis Stephanatos had threatened Robert Del Vecchio with violence – which turns out to be false.

I am also reading that these prosecutors, Walter Dewey and Peter Roby (I copy them on this comment request) have been using the false statements of Lucas and Del Vecchio to support charges against Basilis Stephanatos and to depict him as violent person.  Which accusations appear to be false, from what I can see.  So, the Grand Jurors were presented with intentionally false statements and lies from Del Vecchio and Ron Lucas (who was not even at the scene) and they end up indicting Stephanatos.  Good Lord!

Sheriff, you seem to have some major issues on-hand.

Are you going to present these findings to a judge/jury or are you going to suppress them and hide them from the courts as you did with Stephanatos’ emails/phone records?  Based on this report, you never even gave a chance to this guy (Stephanatos) to defend himself!!!  Nice going!!



Any comments? This is bad publicity for the Passaic County Sheriff.  You need to make it right. Or perhaps, you can hide this info and attack the victim instead (Basilis Stephanatos).


 Barbara Williams
Investigative Reporter

barbarawilliams33@aol.com


CC:


Passaic County Administration Building



401 Grand Street
Paterson, New Jersey 07505
Main Number: 973-881-4800
Fax: 973-225-0155

Valdes, Roby, Dewey




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Re: FALSE POLICE REPORT LEADS TO INCARCERATION OF INNOCENT HOMEOWNER IN PASSAIC COUNTY, NEW JERSEY





"Mary Johnson" <johnsonmary456@yandex.com>:


Recipient: rberdnik@pcsheriff.org


Dear Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik:





This is an informant tip.  Before I start, I must tell you that this information is 100% correct and I give you the right to arrest me if you find that I have misled you or lied to you in any way.




I have obtained the following information directly from the sources.
Apparently, in May or June 2011, a person named Robert Del Vecchio, Jr of Passaic County, New Jersey (he is a lawyer) lied to the Passaic County Sheriff about threats made to him by a person named Basilis (or Basil) Stephanatos of Wayne, New Jersey (also in Passaic County).  Apparently, Del Vecchio said to sheriff's officer Ronald A. Lucas that Basilis Stephanatos had threatened him with violence few days prior to a scheduled eviction on June 28, 2011.  As a result, Del Vecchio asked that several sheriff officers (including Lucas who was a Sworn Law Enforcement Officer) dispatch to the location of the Stephanatos' residence located at 687 Indian Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07670.
Specifically, Del Vecchio told Lucas that Basilis Stephanatos had told him that he "will beg to be instead fucked in the ass by a 5-ft long rhinoceros dick" if you try to evict him from his residence.
These accusations of threats of violence that Del Vecchio made were false.  According to information I obtained, Basilis Stephanatos never threatened Robert Del Vecchio with physical violence because he never had any contact or communication with him during that time. 
Here is what happened:
In 2008, Robert Del Vecchio put a lien onto Basilis Stephanatos' residential property for unpaid taxes that Stephanatos was disputing due to alleged over assessment of his residence (in fact, after the seizure of the Stephanatos' propety, Del Vecchio sold it for $330,000 which is the fair market value of the property.  However, the property was assessed by Wayne Township at $475,000.  This is about 40 percent greater over-assessment and thus no taxes were legally owed by Basilis Stephanatos- tragic, tragic, tragic situation).
In any event, around December 2008, Robert Del Vecchio, Jr. (he was a lawyer for American Tax Funding, Inc.) sent a letter to Basilis Stephanatos , notifying him that a lien has been placed onto his property.  Then on December 26, 2008, Basilis Stephanatos sent a letter to Robert Del Vecchio demanding that the lien be removed.  Basilis Stephanatos wrote that he is filing a criminal complaint and other reporting to the media.  He basically threatened Robert Del Vecchio with legal action and not physical violent threats.
This is what Basilis Stephanatos wrote to Robert Del Vecchio in the December 28, 2008 letter:
"This is not a threat – it is real.  After you see what we have in store for your client, you will beg to be instead fucked in the ass by a 5-ft long rhinoceros dick for the rest of your life.
Mary Christmas and Happy the New Year."
So, Stephanatos never threatened Del Vecchio with violence and certainly this was 2.5 years prior to the June 28, 2011 incident.
I was told that you should have the Stephanatos' letter in your possession, should you want to confirm its authenticity.  Apparently you seized all his computers in 2011, so you should have a copy of it.
I hope I have been helpful.
Thank you for your great service to our county.
Very Truly Yours,
Mary Johnson
 


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Passaic County Administration Building
401 Grand Street
Paterson, New Jersey 07505
Main Number: 973-881-4800
Fax: 973-225-0155

Dear Ms. Valdes:

There are news releases in the media that suggest that the Chancery Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh has been issuing or allowing to issue "judgments of possession" and "writs of possession" although she never had subject matter jurisdiction over land possession issues.  The Passaic County Sheriff would then execute these void judgments and writs, causing harm and injury to residents of this county.

What is a real explosive bombshell, is the fact that no hearings of land possession were ever held by this Judge.  These are some very, very, very, serious, serious, serious allegations.

A judgment is void for lack of subject matter jurisdiction when the court has no authority to adjudicate the controversy. See Bank v. Kim, 361 N.J. Super. 331, 339 (App. Div. 2003) (mortgage foreclosure judgment void in violation of bankruptcy automatic stay).   Here, the Chancery court had no subject matter jurisdiction over the property possession issue and thus any order issued by that court was void, a legal nullity.  Therefore, the sheriff was enforcing a void (and fraudulent as well) court order.

Are you aware of these charges?  From what the news reports say, this Judge (Margaret Mary McVeigh) has been refusing to respond.  The Sheriff Berdnik also has not been talking and has directed the matter to you.

Perhaps you can shed a light into this situation.  Any responses to the subject of illegal or void judgments of possession issued by the Chancery Judge McVeigh without any hearing?

I am attaching some of the news releases, FYI.


I look forward to your reply.  This is a very serious matter, as you understand.


Sincerely,

Allison Brown
allisonbrown26@aol.com



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Hon. Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh, P.J.Ch.
Superior Court of New Jersey
Paterson Courthouse
Annex, Room 250
65 Hamilton Street
Paterson, New Jersey 07505-2018
Phone: (973) 247-8168
FAX: (973) 247-8172

Hon. Mary C. Jacobson
Assignment Judge
Mercer County Courthouse
P.O. Box 8068 Trenton, NJ 08650-0068
609-571-4000

Dear Chancery Judge McVeigh and Assignment Judge Jacobson:

I believe that I have given you plenty of time to respond to the VERY SERIOUS CHARGES against you (see attached emails).  As of now, you have failed to respond.  As you know, when a person has a duty to respond and fails to do so, this silence can be used against that person as evidence of guilt.

All the news reports indicate that because of your recklessness, or incompetency, or even conspiracy, you injured thousands of property owners and that you forced people out of their properties by issuing fraudulent "judgments of possession" without having any subject matter jurisdiction and without performing any hearing or trial and without providing any notice.  Even worse, when the shocked property occupant saw the eviction notices and asked for the 6-month stay written in the NJ statutes, you refused to do that and allowed the sheriff to forcefully throw these people onto the street.  All that without you having a subject matter jurisdiction and without performing any hearing or fact finding or application of the law to the facts. You are also charged of violating a number of New Jersey Court Rules:  see R. 4:6-7, Pressler & Verniero, Current N.J. Court Rules, comment 1 on R. 4:6-7 (2015); 1:13-4. Transfer of Actions, Rule 1:7-4(a).  DISGRACEFUL, CORRUPT NEW JERSEY JUDICIARY.

THESE ARE SOME PRETTY SERIOUS, HORRIFIC AND TERRIFYING ACCUSATIONS AGAINST YOU.

How do you respond?  The public and the victims await to hear from you.  Please do not continue to bring disgrace to the honorable New Jersey Judiciary.

Sincerely,

Emma Rogers
emmarogers456@aol.com

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Office of the Passaic County Sheriff
William Maer
Media Information & OPRA Processing Unit
11 Sheriff's Plaza
Paterson, NJ 07502
bmaer@pcsheriff.org
973-389-5900

Dear Sheriff Berdnik/Mr. Maer:


There are some news reports that the Chancery Judge Margaret McVeigh has been issuing judgments of possession without having subject matter jurisdiction and without performing any hearings.  The news reports state that the Passaic County Sheriff has been executing orders issued by this judge (Margaret Mary McVeigh), although she had no subject matter jurisdiction over land possession.  The land possession is adjudicated in the Law Division, Special Civil Part or regular Law Division.

As you know, at least 20 individuals and entities pleaded guilty to defrauding homeowners using tax foreclosure proceedings.  One of the ways to do this was to fool this Judge McVeigh into drafting the "judgments" or "orders".  For example, the accusations say that she apparently allowed the issuance of a "Final Judgment" where the following language was inserted by the convicted felon Robert Del Vecchio, American Tax Funding, and others:

“AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the plaintiff dully recover against the said defendant …possession of the premises… and that a Writ of Possession issue thereon”.

This Chancery Court judge had no jurisdiction over the subject matter of land possession.  As of today, she has refused to respond as to why did she insert or allowed that language to be inserted into that "final judgment"?

Further accusations are that she never even held any hearing over the land possession issue.  Margaret McVeigh just merely allowed that language to be inserted into the text, so that the convicted felon Robert Del Vecchio immediately seizes the property of the land possessor without any due process and in violation of several New Jersey statutes.

From what we understand, you (the Passaic County Sheriff) executed these obviously void and illegal judgments or orders despite the fact they were not issued by the Law Division.

In some cases, you forcibly removed the possessors of the land or tenants and that you did cause damages.  You then filed charges against homeowners who would refuse to leave their properties by refusing to obey void judgments or orders from a court that has no subject matter jurisdiction or personal jurisdiction.

How do you respond to such accusations or questions?  Didn't you know that only the Law Division has subject matter jurisdiction over property possession?  Did you know that land possession judgments/orders issued by a Chancery Court are void and have no legal effect?  Did you know that you may be held liable for damages based on the Forceful Entry and Detainer statutes?


I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,
Emma Rogers
emmarogers456@aol.com


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Dear Judge Margaret McVeigh:
We have uncovered some new HORRIFIC AND TERRIFYING ACCUSATIONS AGAINST YOU.  You apparently allowed the issuance of a "Final Judgment" where the following language was inserted by the Plaintiffs (convicted felon Robert Del Vecchio, American Tax Funding, and others):
“AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the plaintiff dully recover against the said defendant …possession of the premises… and that a Writ of Possession issue thereon”.
Of course you had no jurisdiction of the subject matter of land possession.  Why did you insert or allowed that language to be inserted into that "final judgment"?
The HORRIFIC AND TERRIFYING ACCUSATIONS AGAINST YOU is that you never even held any hearing over the land possession issue.  You just merely allowed that language to be inserted into the text, so that the convicted felon Robert Del Vecchio immediately seizes the property of the land possessor without any due process and in violation of several New Jersey statutes.
They did not follow the Wrongful Entry and Detainer Act and the Anti-Eviction Act, or the Summary Dispossess Act.  As a result, they caused millions of dollars in damages by forcibly removing tenants or land possessors without due process.
FYI, subject matter jurisdiction can neither be conferred by agreement of the parties nor waived as a defense, and a court must dismiss the matter if it determines that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction. Macysyn v. Hensler, 329 N.J. Super. 476, 481 (App. Div. 2000) (indicating that such a motion can be made "at any time"); see also R. 4:6-7; Pressler & Verniero, Current N.J. Court Rules, comment 1 on R. 4:6-7 (2015).
How do you respond to these new charges against you?
Sincerely,
Mary Brown
Crime Investigator


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 ISSUANCE OF JUDGMENTS OF POSSESSION OR WRITS WITHOUT SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION
Dear Judge Margaret McVeigh:
There are numerous reports in the media that you have been issuing judgments of possession or facilitating the issuance of same, although you have no subject matter jurisdiction over land possession issues.  The Law Division has exclusive jurisdiction over land possession judgments and issuance of writs or warrants - the Chancery Court has no jurisdiction over land possession issues, yet you have been issuing judgments of possession and associated orders.  You know of course that such judgments are void ab initio, a legal nullity.
Apparently, you have caused significant financial and other damage to residents of this state as a result of your allegedly reckless or even criminal acts.
There are a lot of people accusing you of corruption and even conspiracy to intentionally damage homeowners and business owners through your reckless acts to ensure tax collection.  How do you plea?  Many people are calling for your arrest and resignation.  See for example this post:

MEET THE CORRUPT AND/OR INCOMPETENT CHANCERY JUDGE MARGARET MCVEIGH.  SHE CONSPIRED WITH OR WAS MISLEAD BY ROBERT DEL VECCHIO, AMERICAN TAX FUNDING AND OTHER CONVICTED FELONS  TO SIGN OFF ON JUDGMENTS OF POSSESSION WITHOUT HAVING SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION OVER LAND POSSESSION ISSUES. http://metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-corrupt-andor-incompetent-chancery.html
Do you have anything to say to these serious charges?

Did you issue or facilitated the issuance of judgments of possession or writs or warrants of possession without having subject matter jurisdiction?  A simple YES or NO would suffice.  The public and victims need to know.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this inquiry.  We want to make sure that unfounded allegations are not released into the media.

Sincerely,

Mary Brown
Crime Investigator

NOTE:  As of today's date (3-7-2016), this judge has not responded to the accusations above.


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Office of the Passaic County Sheriff
William Maer
Media Information & OPRA Processing Unit
11 Sheriff's Plaza
Paterson, NJ 07502
bmaer@pcsheriff.org
973-389-5900

Dear Sheriff Berdnik/Mr. Maer:


There are some news reports that the Chancery Judge Margaret McVeigh has been issuing judgments of possession without having subject matter jurisdiction and without performing any hearings.  The news reports state that the Passaic County Sheriff has been executing orders issued by this judge (Margaret Mary McVeigh), although she had no subject matter jurisdiction over land possession.  The land possession is adjudicated in the Law Division, Special Civil Part or regular Law Division.

As you know, at least 20 individuals and entities pleaded guilty to defrauding homeowners using tax foreclosure proceedings.  One of the ways to do this was to fool this Judge McVeigh into drafting the "judgments" or "orders".  For example, the accusations say that she apparently allowed the issuance of a "Final Judgment" where the following language was inserted by the convicted felon Robert Del Vecchio, American Tax Funding, and others:

“AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the plaintiff dully recover against the said defendant …possession of the premises… and that a Writ of Possession issue thereon”.

This Chancery Court judge had no jurisdiction over the subject matter of land possession.  As of today, she has refused to respond as to why did she insert or allowed that language to be inserted into that "final judgment"?

Further accusations are that she never even held any hearing over the land possession issue.  Margaret McVeigh just merely allowed that language to be inserted into the text, so that the convicted felon Robert Del Vecchio immediately seizes the property of the land possessor without any due process and in violation of several New Jersey statutes.

From what we understand, you (the Passaic County Sheriff) executed these obviously void and illegal judgments or orders despite the fact they were not issued by the Law Division.

In some cases, you forcibly removed the possessors of the land or tenants and that you did cause damages.  You then filed charges against homeowners who would refuse to leave their properties by refusing to obey void judgments or orders from a court that has no subject matter jurisdiction or personal jurisdiction.

How do you respond to such accusations or questions?  Didn't you know that only the Law Division has subject matter jurisdiction over property possession?  Did you know that land possession judgments/orders issued by a Chancery Court are void and have no legal effect?  Did you know that you may be held liable for damages based on the Forceful Entry and Detainer statutes?


I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,
Emma Rogers
emmarogers456@aol.com




Samantha Diaz@diazsamantha751


MAJOR CORRUPTION IN #PASSAIC COUNTY: CHANCERY JUDGE W/O SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION ISSUED ILLEGAL JUDGMENT OR ORDER


Stacy White @whitestacy4561


@AssemblyNJ EXPLOSIVE!! CORRUPTION. JUDGE MCVEIGH ISSUED ORDERS W/O SJCT MATTER JRSD metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-co





Bill Stevens Retweeted Vince Sear


@aSSEMBLYNJ @NJSENDEMS @GovChristie SHAME, SHAME, SHAME. CLEANUP THIS CORRUPTION OR INCOMPETENCY IN THE JUDICIARY


Vince Sear @vfdsear


@NJSenDems RECKLESS JUDGE ISSUES ORDER W/O SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION, CAUSES $$$$ DAMAGES twitter.com/allisonbrown26







CORRUPT CHANCERY JUDGE MARGARET MCVEIGH ISSUED JUDGMENTS OF POSSESSION W/O JURISDICTION metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-co





Patricia Cook Retweeted Steve Sweeney


CORRUPT CHANCERY JUDGE MARGARET MCVEIGH ISSUED JUDGMENTS OF POSSESSION W/O JURISDICTION metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-co


Mary Cook Retweeted


@Passaic_Sheriff BREAKING!!! IS SHERIFF BERDNIK GOING TO RESIGN OVER THE DISCOVERED LUCAS/D'AGOSTINO CONSPIRACY? metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/02/explos





Mary Cook Retweeted




Beth Smart Retweeted Sarah White


@GovChristie @AssemblyNJ @CivilRights @kevinjotoole SHAME! CORRUPTION IN NEW JERSEY JUDICIARY. CLEAN IT UP! NOW!


Sarah White @whitesarah4561


CORRUPT CHANCERY JUDGE MARGARET MCVEIGH ISSUED JUDGMENTS OF POSSESSION W/O JURISDICTION metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-co twitter.com/kevinjotoole/s





Mary Peters Retweeted Maria Martinez


@GovChristie @AssemblyNJ @NJSenatePres @kevinjotoole @CivilRights @USAO_NJ SHAME! THEY ISSUED JUDGMENTS W/O HEARING!


Maria Martinez @martinezmaria43


@Passaic_Sheriff PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF AND CHANCERY JUDGE IN LEGAL TROUBLE OVER VOID JUDGMENTS OF POSSESSION metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/02/explos








Maria Martinez Retweeted Helen Rivers


@GovChristie @AssemblyNJ @@NJSenatePres @kevinjotoole GOVERNOR, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? THIS IS SHAME!!!


Maria Martinez added,


Helen Rivers @helenrivers60


@WaynePatch Reckless Judge Margaret McVeigh of #Wayne, #NJ under investigation for illegal activities. BOMBSHELL! twitter.com/vfdsear/status








MEET THE CORRUPT AND/OR INCOMPETENT CHANCERY JUDGE MARGARET MCVEIGH.  SHE CONSPIRED WITH ROBERT DEL VECCHIO,
  http://metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-corrupt-andor-incompetent-chancery.html





THE CORRUPT AND/OR INCOMPETENT CHANCERY JUDGE MCVEIGH.  SHE CONSPIRED WITH ROBERT DEL VECCHIO, AMERICAN TAX FUNDING AND OTHER CONVICTED FELONS


http://metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-corrupt-andor-incompetent-chancery.html


TO SIGN OFF ON JUDGMENTS OF POSSESSION WITHOUT HAVING SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION OVER LAND POSSESSION ISSUES.


http://metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-corrupt-andor-incompetent-chancery.html





MEET THE CORRUPT AND/OR INCOMPETENT CHANCERY JUDGE MARGARET MCVEIGH.  SHE CONSPIRED WITH ROBERT DEL VECCHIO,
 
http://metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-corrupt-andor-incompetent-chancery.html





AMERICAN TAX FUNDING AND OTHER CONVICTED FELONS TO SIGN OFF ON JUDGMENTS OF POSSESSION WITHOUT HAVING SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION AND W/O ANY HEARING OR NOTICE


http://metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-corrupt-andor-incompetent-chancery.html

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Dear Sheriff Berdnik:

There are some news reports that you may be forced to resign following the discovery of the Lucas/D'Agostino conspiracy.  For example, please see here:

Mary Cook Retweeted


@Passaic_Sheriff BREAKING!!! IS SHERIFF BERDNIK GOING TO RESIGN OVER THE DISCOVERED LUCAS/D'AGOSTINO CONSPIRACY?







Reading that article, it says that Lucas was not even at the scene of the alleged assault.  He later claimed that he was the one assaulted.  However he has made so many errors in his reports and statements that it is obvious he was not there. He also claimed that he injured his left shoulder, but everybody who knew Lucas has reported that he was a well-known linebacker who had an already injured shoulder.

I am not going to bother you too much, but there are also reports that you have been enforcing void judgments or writs that were issued by an allegedly corrupt judge, the Chancery Judge Margaret McVeigh.  See here, for a small sample of what is going on:



Samantha Diaz@diazsamantha751


MAJOR CORRUPTION IN #PASSAIC COUNTY: CHANCERY JUDGE W/O SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION ISSUED ILLEGAL JUDGMENT OR ORDER





Stacy White @whitestacy4561

@AssemblyNJ EXPLOSIVE!! CORRUPTION. JUDGE MCVEIGH ISSUED ORDERS W/O SJCT MATTER JRSD http://metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-corrupt-andor-incompetent-chancery.html …
Bill Stevens Retweeted Vince Sear
@aSSEMBLYNJ @NJSENDEMS @GovChristie SHAME, SHAME, SHAME. CLEANUP THIS CORRUPTION OR INCOMPETENCY IN THE JUDICIARY
Vince Sear @vfdsear
@NJSenDems RECKLESS JUDGE ISSUES ORDER W/O SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION, CAUSES $$$$ DAMAGES https://twitter.com/allisonbrown262/status/698580455772286977 …

Do you have anything to say regarding these reports? 

I appreciate your time.

Thank you for keeping out county safe.  But corrupt individuals or entities must be eradicated.

Very Truly Yours,
 

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COMPLAINT FOR LACK OF ETHICS OR COMPETENCY OR NEGLIGENCE AGAINST JUDGES MARY C. JACOBSON AND MARGARET MARY MCVEIGH




Basilis (Bill) N. Stephanatos
PO Box 0520
Tenafly,  New Jersey 07670-0520
Phone: (973) 897-8162
bstephanatos@gmail.com
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13 January 2014

Mr. John A. Tonelli
Executive Director
The Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct (ACJC)
PO Box 037
Trenton, NJ 08625-0037

Clerk's Office Tel.: Phone (609) 292-2552
Fax No.: (609) 292-6848

RE:     AC.JC 2014-045 (Judges Mary C. Jacobson and Margaret Mary McVeigh)

CHANCERY JUDGE MARGARET MCVEIGH HAD NO SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION OVER PROPERTY POSSESSION ISSUES, BECAUSE THESE ARE THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE LAW DIVISION
The fraudulently issued judgment never adjudicated the subject matter of land possession, as the Chancery courts have no jurisdiction over land possession issues.  Thus, the judgment was void regarding the alleged adjudication of the possession of the Defendant’s property.  A judgment is void for lack of subject matter jurisdiction when the court has no authority to adjudicate the controversy. See Bank v. Kim, 361 N.J. Super. 331, 339 (App. Div. 2003) (mortgage foreclosure judgment void in violation of bankruptcy automatic stay).   Here, the Chancery court had no subject matter jurisdiction over the property possession issue and thus any order issued by that court was void, a legal nullity.  Therefore, the sheriff was enforcing a void (and fraudulent as well) court order.

I HAD FILED TWO APPEALS FROM JUDGE JACOBSON AND MCVEIGH DECISIONS, BUT THESE TWO JUDGES REFUSED TO STAY THE TAKING OF MY HOME AND MY BUSINESS UNTIL THE APPEALS COURTS RULE.

I am providing additional material in support of my complaint against the above-referenced judges. 
In June 2011, Dr. Stephanatos had filed a suit to vacate the tax deed (Passaic County, Law Division L-2973-11).  Dr. Stephanatos even sent a letter to the judges, to the co-conspirators Robert Del Vecchio, Matthew Marini and the sheriff that appeals are pending and they in fact responded to the letter, acknowledging the appeals.  That suit to vacate the tax deed was filed within the statutory period of three months.  Due to the refusal of the these two judges to stay the proceedings to review what they have done, the fraudulent issuance of an ex-parte writ of possession and the wrongful interference by the sheriff and American Tax Funding, LLC of Dr. Stephanatos’ legal rights, the Law Division did not hear that lawsuit.

CHANCERY JUDGE MARGARET MCVEIGH HAD NO SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION OVER PROPERTY POSSESSION ISSUES, BECAUSE THESE ARE THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE LAW DIVISION
The fraudulently issued judgment never adjudicated the subject matter of land possession, as the Chancery courts have no jurisdiction over land possession issues.  Thus, the judgment was void regarding the alleged adjudication of the possession of the Defendant’s property.  A judgment is void for lack of subject matter jurisdiction when the court has no authority to adjudicate the controversy. See Bank v. Kim, 361 N.J. Super. 331, 339 (App. Div. 2003) (mortgage foreclosure judgment void in violation of bankruptcy automatic stay).   Here, the Chancery court had no subject matter jurisdiction over the property possession issue and thus any order issued by that court was void, a legal nullity.  Therefore, the sheriff was enforcing a void (and fraudulent as well) court order.


Meanwhile, Dr. Stephanatos also filed two appeals: one from the L-2672-09 case and one from the F-9241-09 case.  The appeals were docketed as follows:  A-4685-10 and A-3900-10 (appeal from L-2672-09) Team 4.  At the same time, Dr. Stephanatos applied for a stay from the foreclosure judgment, to ensure that a higher court and/or a federal court hear his appeals.  These two judges refused to stay the proceedings, despite the fact I was keep telling them that what they are doing is illegal.  The sheriff officers and the judges were aware that appeals and lawsuits were pending; they also knew that state law, allows Dr. Stephanatos to stay in his home, because he has been using the home as his residence continuously since 1995 (see N.J.S.A. 2A:39-7. Title not inquired into; defense of 3 years possession “Title shall not be an issue in any action commenced under this chapter. 3 years peaceable possession by the defendant shall be a defense to the action” and that is why they acted with haste and fraud and criminal intent to deprive Dr. Stephanatos of his home and his business.  This behavior by the two judges shocks the conscience, implicating a substantive due process violation.  This violation occurred on June 28, 2011. 


The State, the County, the Chancery Court and the conspirators also violated the New Jersey Constitution, Article I, paragraph 20 that states that  Private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation.  Individuals or private corporations shall not be authorized to take private property for public use without just compensation first made to the owners. 
·                     no property possession hearings were ever held;
·                     no bench trial was ever held by McVeigh on any issue before her;
·                     no fact-findings and application of the law to the facts consistent with Rule 1:7-4(a) were ever held;
·                     no pre-eviction notices were ever provided to the Defendant;
·                     no stay of the proceedings were ever held consistent with § 2A:42-10.6;


It is crucial to report to the Committee that the Sheriff and the Passaic County provide as a defense to the federal complaint that
“Plaintiff never appealed the underlying Court Orders which ordered him to vacate the subject premises, therefore, the defendants acted within their purview under the cover of law - regarding the underlying events;”
This defense is obvious not valid, considering that Dr. Stephanatos had filed several appeals and had in fact notified the Sheriff of the pendency of such appeals.  Thus, the motivation for the actions of the Sheriff and its employees is highly suspicious.
On May 13, 2011, the Honorable Mary C. Jacobson, P.J.Ch., entered a final ex-parte judgment against Dr. Stephanatos in favor of American Tax Funding, LLC (“ATFH”). (Final Judgment annexed at Da44-46).  This ex-parte judgment was drafted by the lawyers for the convicted conspirators, Robert Del Vecchio, American Tax Funding, et al.  This final ex-parte judgment contains the language “This judgment shall not affect the rights of any person protected by the New Jersey Tenant Anti-Eviction Act (N.J.S.A, 2A:18-61.1 et seq.)” (Da45).  The significance of this clause is discussed in this brief, infra.
Robert A. Del Vecchio is the attorney for ATF, LLC, and he submitted a Certification (filed May 13, 2011), stating, in part:
             The aforementioned person is not protected by the provision of the Anti-Eviction Act (the “Act”), as enunciated in the New Jersey Supreme Court Case of Chase Manhattan Bank v. Josephson, since that Act applies to tenants and this defendant is the prior owner of the property.  His ownership rights were foreclosed upon in the above-entitled action. (Da48).

The significance of this statement by Robert DelVecchio is that the judgment only covered ownership and not possession of the home of Dr. Stephanatos, who was also using his homestead as the place of business (Metropolitan Environmental Services, PC and Metropolitan Environmental Services). Mr. Del Vecchio, in addition to violating federal law (the conspiracy with ATF to violate the Sherman Act) he also intentionally conspired with ATF and the Passaic County employees to violate the possessory rights of Dr. Stephanatos.
The judgment under the tax sale law was supposed to cover only ownership of a property and not possession.  In fact, Del Vecchio himself wrote in the Application for an ex-parte Writ that Dr. Stephanatos only lost the ownership rights – no possessory rights were ever lost by Dr. Stephanatos, as he was in possession of his property continuously, he did not owe any taxes due to the unlawful over-assessment of his property and since state law protected his possessory rights. See N.J.S.A. 2A:39-1On September 30, 2014, Del Vecchio pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the antitrust laws of this state and the federal government’s.
Since Dr. Stephanatos was opposed to any person entering his homestead property and had communicated this to the sheriff and Del Vecchio, the possession of the property was supposed to be determined by a Law Division judge pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A:39-1 that prohibits unlawful entry onto a residential property:
With regard to any real property occupied solely as a residence by the party in possession, such entry shall not be made in any manner without the consent of the party in possession unless the entry and detention is made pursuant to legal process as set out in N.J.S.2A:18-53 et seq., as amended and supplemented. (Emphasis supplied).

This process mandates the procurement of a Warrant of Removal.  Del Vecchio and the sheriff employees, with the blessing of Chancery Judges McVeigh and Jacobson, who had no subject matter jurisdiction over property possession issues, did not do that here, in a conspiracy to violate Dr. Stephanatos possessory and other legal rights.  These two corrupt “judges” issued void judgments of land possession issues, although the Chancery Courts have no subject matter jurisdiction over land possession, because these issues are adjudicated by the Law Division.  They also issued orders on an ex-parte basis, without performing any fact-finding and without application of the law to the facts as is required by New Jersey court rules.   In fact, these individuals have pleaded in the federal lawsuit that they were not aware that any appeal were pending and that all issues had been adjudicated, when in fact no issues had ever been adjudicated.  They used these excuses as a pre-text to intentionally violate Dr. Stephanatos’ possessory and other legal rights and caused him the loss of his business, his home and the destruction of his business and personal property. The damages they caused him are into the many millions of dollars and that is the reason that Dr. Stephanatos was under such extraordinary duress during the day of the incident.
Del Vecchio and ATF obtained only an ex-parte judgment of possession by drafting the language to the corrupt or incompetent Judge Margaret McVeigh and Jacobson of Mercer County (although the property was located in Passaic County and Jacobson had no jurisdiction over a property in Passaic County), an ex-parte writ of possession, upon the self- certification of Del Vecchio that Dr. Stephanatos did not any possessory interests protected by the Due Process Clause and/or the Anti-Eviction Act or the Summary Dispossess Act.  No Writ of Possession was obtained for Dr. Stephanatos’ business, Metropolitan Environmental Services, and Metropolitan Environmental Services, PC.  These practices by these two individuals have been criticized by the state of New Jersey and the Public Advocate Division.  See for example the following excerpt from the “Toolkit for Tenants Living in Foreclosed Properties”, published by the Department of the Public Advocate, Trenton, NJ 08625, dated March 2010:

Courts and Sheriffs In addition to owners and those who work for them, the courts and sheriff officers sometimes mistakenly target protected tenants during the foreclosure process. The writs of execution and final foreclosure judgments are drafted by the attorneys for the lenders. The attorneys sometimes use language in court papers that cause problems because it seems to cover tenants (for example, “and any and all persons occupying said premises”). Other times attorneys specifically name tenants and certify (swear to the court) that those tenants are not covered by the Anti-Eviction Act.  This is especially problematic because tenants often do not have the opportunity to demonstrate that they are in fact legitimate tenants until after the removal has already been ordered by the court and scheduled by the sheriff. If a court order specifically names a tenant to be removed, the sheriff must evict that person. Sometimes, however, sheriffs read the language in the order and believe that they must evict everyone. Also, some notices that sheriffs create and post on property include language, such as “occupants” instead of “owners,” that appears to include tenants. The Attorney General distributed a memo to sheriffs regarding the rights of tenants living in foreclosed properties.

Thus, the judges and the sheriff knew of the practices of Del Vecchio and ATF; yet, the sheriff employees acted as agents for Del Vecchio and intentionally violated Dr. Stephanatos’ possessory rights, including a host of other offenses.  Dr. Stephanatos had informed the two judges and the sheriff of these practices by Del Vecchio and ATF and had alerted the authorities (the sheriff, the governor, the local senator O’Toole, etc.) that these individuals are breaking a host of state and federal laws.  Dr. Stephanatos also filed appeals and suits to vacate the tax deed. 

The phone records also prove that it was Dr. Stephanatos who called Judge McVeigh at 8:56 am, to ask for the status of an application of a stay.  It was Dr. Stephanatos who initiated that, and not the judge or anyone else as the prosecutor fraudulently asserts in his letter.  This significant evidence proves beyond doubt that the only thing Dr. Stephanatos wanted for a 6-month stay that is freely granted under all circumstances and it is in fact codified under the statutes:  see NJSA  § 2A:42-10.6.

It was that simple:  a statute-based stay would have solved every issue, but the reckless judge McVeigh did not do it for whatever reason.  Perhaps this judge was incompetent, reckless, ruthless, biased, usurped her authority, or whatever else.  It would have been up to the Grand Jurors to determine the role of the State and County employees and determine whether they acted prudently or whether they caused the escalation of the situation through their negligent, reckless or even criminal conduct.

Another crucial and clearly exculpatory evidence was that Metropolitan Environmental Services, was not part of the Writ of Possession; and that the Sheriff was not authorized to remove Defendant’s business from the premises; but the Sheriff did it anyway;  the evidence presented to the Court (the communications between Metropolitan Environmental Services and the Sheriff) shows that the Sheriff was aware that a tenant was present and that no Writ had been issued for that tenant.  This crucial evidence also indicates that Defendant had the right to defend his business and business property from intruders or attackers;  no such instructions were provided to the Grand Jurors, as the State intentionally refused to provide that evidence to the jury.  Dr. Stephanatos had valid factual defenses that were never presented and thus, the prosecutor interfered with the investigation of the Grand Jury.

Dr. Stephanatos never threatened anyone few days prior to the eviction, as the prosecutor has fraudulently asserted in his response brief;  the Court should order the State to provide proof of these fraudulent assertions, as these lies were also made to the Grand Jurors and painted Dr. Stephanatos as a violent person and affected the jury’s decision to indict;

It was Dr. Stephanatos who called Judge McVeigh to ask for a stay or check on the status of a stay he had applied few weeks ago, pursuant to with NJSA § 2A:42-10.6 that allows up to a six month stay;  the Sheriff SWAT team had sharpshooters and snipers pointing at Defendant’s chest and head while he was talking to judge McVeigh and Dr. Stephanatos was fearful of his life and that is why he told the Judge that there will be blood shed unless there is a stay;  a simple stay (allowed by the New Jersey statutes (and granted by all courts) would have prevented this incident);  but the reckless State employees caused Dr. Stephanatos to be under stress and duress by trying to remove his business without having a Writ.


However, the two judges (McVeigh and Jacobson) refused to stay the proceedings and this is a crucial fact that the jury of 12 citizens will consider in their deliberations:  why there was so much haste to remove Dr. Stephanatos from his residence and place of business?  Why there was not a stay so that all these issues are adjudicated?  A SIMPLE STAY OF THE PROCEEDINGS WOULD HAVE PREVENTED THE INCIDENT ON JUNE 28, 2011.   Now we have found out significant issues with what these conspirators did and the violation of numerous laws of this state.
The grand jury was never made aware of these illegal acts, because the Passaic County prosecutor refused to allow me to testify in the grand jury and omitted all the available defenses – A CLEAR VIOLATION OF NEW JERSEY LAW AND A GRAND JURY MISCONDUCT.
I have suffered several many millions of dollars in damages due mostly to the failure of these two judges to ensure that all New Jersey laws and procedures and homeowner’s rights are not violated.  They failed to perform even the slightest due process and only accepted as true the claims of Robert Del Vecchio (a convicted felon), and his co-conspirators.  Their behavior raises some serious ethical and competency issues and this court (a Passaic County court) will preside and do a fact finding of all these critical facts and issues that affect another Passaic County court – this will look to a common sense citizen as a conflict of interest.  That is the reason we are asking to transfer the case to another county.


Very Truly Yours,



 

Bsilis N. Stephanatos



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MILES FEINSTEIN, ESQ.
1135 CLIFTON AVENUE
CLIFTON, NEW JERSEY 07013
Attorney ID #: 233611966
Attorney for Defendant
Basilis N. Stephanatos

STATE OF NEW JERSEY
            Plaintiff,  

v.

BASILIS N. STEPHANATOS,
                                    Defendant
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY
LAW DIVISION - PASSAIC COUNTY

Indictment No. 11-09-00810-I


Criminal Action
RESPONSE TO THE STATE’S OPPOSITION TO THE MOTIONS TO DISMISS AND TO OTHER OMNIBUS MOTIONS


TO:      Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office
401 Grand Street
Paterson, New Jersey 07505
Attn: Assistant Prosecutor Peter M. Roby

FACTUAL DEFENSES SHOULD HAVE BEEN PRESENTED TO THE GRAND JURY AS THEY WERE REFUTING THE TESTIMONY OF THE STATE’S WITNESSES AND DISPROVING ELEMENTS OF THE ALLEGED OFFENSES
The State is confusing the “factual defenses” (or failure of proof defenses) with the affirmative defenses.  The existence of the emails and phone records are failure of proof defenses because they refute the statements of Lucas and D’Agostino that at 8:50 am they saw the Defendant pointing a gun at them behind a storm door:  the email records show that at 8:50 am the Defendant sent an email to this client; the previous e-mail strings also show that the Defendant was at his computer for several hours prior to 8:50 am. 
It is important to note that the State has just admitted that it was in receipt of the email and phone logs of the Defendant and that it failed to provide them to the Grand Jury or inform the grand jury of the existence of that factual information.  The record of the emails and the phone calls indicate that at 8:50 am, when the Sheriff’s Process Service Unit arrived at the property, the Defendant was at his home office at the back of the property, about 50 feet away from the door.  This evidence directly refutes the charges of assault at 8:50 am and raises a reasonable doubt that the Defendant acted the way Lucas and D’Agostino claim.  If conclusive factual evidence refutes an element of the alleged charge, then that evidence must be presented to the Grand Jury, as the petit jury will dismiss the charges upon consideration of that evidence.  It is that plain and simple.
In fact, the DVD of Sheriff transmissions provided in Exhibit C of the State’s response brief corroborates the Defendant’s timeline facts, as it shows that calls were made by the Sheriff employees after 8:55 am.  If anything had happened at 8:50 am, then there would have been records of phone calls of these sheriff employees at 8:51 or earlier.  This information (that was available to the State), directly refutes the assertion of the State witnesses (who have obviously lied) and the Grand Jury would have investigated these factual conflicts and perhaps subpoena the Defendant to testify.  A simple examination of the scene of the house would not have corroborated the testimony of the sheriff employees and would have revealed that the Sheriff employees lied and that their testimony is simply not believable, raising a reasonable doubt that the events occurred the way these sheriff employees claimed they did.
Furthermore, Defendant has stated that his doors were all locked and closed.  This directly refutes the assertion of the State witnesses that Defendant’s door was wide open.  It is more likely than not that a reasonable juror would have believed that the doors were all locked, as this is what people do to avoid intruders inside their home or when people are planning to come and throw them out of their business:  people simply keep their doors closed and locked, the same way the Defendant did.  These factual assertions of the Defendant are not “affirmative defenses”;  they create reasonable doubt that the events took place in the manner the State’s witnesses claim they did they occurred and are a failure of proof of elements of the offenses. 
The prosecution should have let the Grand Jury know of the existence of the emails and phone records.  The prosecution should also have advised the Grand Jury that the Defendant was willing to testify at the proceedings as he had discussed with Mr. Carl Herman and had also let Mr. Walter Dewy know to that effect.  The Grand Jury then would have considered if it needs some additional information or if it needs to subpoena the Defendant to testify and so on.  The State had already into its possession the letters sent by the Defendant to Judge Reddin complaining about the failure of Mr. Herman to secure his testimony at the Grand Jury.  (See Opposition to the Motion to Revoke Bail, dated March 1, 2012).  Here is what the defendant included in that letter:

Mr. Herman:
·         Failed to submit my certification/affidavit to the grand jury;
·         Failed to secure my presence to the grand jury;
·         He never found out as to the why the state refused to allow me to testify at the grand jury;
Obviously I have been very dissatisfied with the services of Mr. Herman since he failed to secure my grand jury testimony or at least the submission of a certification or affidavit or the alibi (the electronic records proving beyond any doubt that I was located 30 feet away from the location of the alleged offense and at the time of the alleged offense) or other constitutional and statutory defenses/privileges/justifications/immunities.  We had agreed for me to testify.  That was the prime reason I hired him and paid him $3,500 upfront.  But he failed completely in his duties and this resulted in a fatal breach of trust and confidence on my part.

All this factual information proves beyond any doubt that the Defendant had agreed with Mr. Herman to testify at the Grand Jury proceedings.  It is also a fact that the Defendant has written and verbally stated many times that these two sheriff employees lied about the events and that the charges are fraudulent and not believable if they are subjected to slight scrutiny or pitted against the email and phone records of the Defendant and the physical setting of the residence.
It is important to note here that the defendant’s home is in a wooded, remote and isolated area of Wayne, New Jersey.  There are no homes neighboring to the north.  There is only one home neighboring to the east (about 50 feet away) where there was only one woman present.  There is another home to the west (about 100 feet away) where the owners were at work.  Thus, the N.J.S. 2C:29-3b(2) charge is also fraudulent, as less than five people and less than five habitations were within 100 feet from defendant’s home.  Defendant would have testified to all these facts and would have caused the grand jury to return a no bill for charge N.J.S. 2C:29-3b(2).  This factual evidence also proves that the sheriff employees lied when they filed these charges against the Defendant.
The two sheriff employees did not wear the dark blue or black law enforcement uniforms and according to their testimony, they did not identify themselves as law enforcement.  In fact, they never claimed that they ever announced themselves, such as knocking at the door or ringing the doorbell, as per their testimony.  They in fact testified that they were sheriff employees, not police officers performing a criminal investigation.  Their duties during that day were not law enforcement duties, because this was a civil matter.   Defendant’s testimony would have also returned a no bill, as he was not aware that the sheriff employees were police officers;  because they are not police officers.  The prosecutor is again fraudulently writing in his response letter that the sheriff employees are in fact police officers, a very pathetic, fraudulent, misleading and ludicrous assertion.  In Exhibit A, we attach copies of the original complaints filed by Lucas and D’Agostino.  It can be seen that these two individuals filed charges under section 2C:12-1B(4), as they were not police officers.  This factual evidence produced by the State’s witnesses conclusively proves that even the sheriff employees did not know that they were in fact police officers; but, instead they were sheriff employees.
As further proof that the 2C:12-1B(4) statutes intended to protect law enforcement officers is an examination of the statute 2C:12-1b(5).  This is the statute that addresses the assault on law enforcement officer or public employee, such a sheriff.   Under this statute, the assault upon a law enforcement officer is included under 2C:12-1b(5)(a): Any law enforcement officer acting in the performance of his duties while in uniform or exhibiting evidence of his authority or because of his status as a law enforcement officer.
By contrast the assault on a sheriff officer is included under section 2C:12-1b(5)(h): Any … sheriff, undersheriff, or sheriff’s officer acting in the performance of his duties while in uniform or exhibiting evidence of his authority.
Thus, the legislature has clearly distinguished between a law enforcement officer and a sheriff officer.  These two groups of employees were not meant to be considered one and the same.
I believe that this analysis conclusively proves that the statute 2C:12-1b(9) does not include sheriff employees, but it was intended to protect police officers in their law enforcement duties.  Lucas and D’Agostino were sheriff’s officers wearing sheriff officer uniforms and not police officers.  The state legislature would have most likely included the sheriff employees in the 2C:12-1b(9) statute (the same way it did in 2C:12-1b(5)) and not simply leave it open to interpretation or ambiguity.
The phone records also prove that it was the Defendant who called Judge McVeigh at 8:56 am, to ask for the status of an application of a stay, as is allowed by all eviction statutes.  It was the Defendant who initiated that phone as this factual evidence proves, and not the judge or anyone else as the prosecutor fraudulently asserts in his letter to this Court.  This significant evidence proves beyond any doubt that the only thing the Defendant wanted was a 6-month stay that is freely granted under all circumstances and it is in fact codified under the statutes:  see NJSA  § 2A:42-10.6.
It was that simple:  a statute-based stay would have solved every issue, but the reckless judge Margaret McVeigh and the convicted conspirators did not do it for whatever reason.  Perhaps this judge was incompetent, reckless, ruthless, biased, usurped her authority, or whatever else.  It would have been up to the Grand Jurors to determine the role of the State and County employees and the conspirators and determine whether they acted prudently or whether they caused the escalation of the situation through their negligent, reckless or even criminal conduct, (improperly evicting a person is a criminal act in the State of New Jersey).
Another crucial and clearly exculpatory evidence was that Metropolitan Environmental Services, was not part of the fraudulently obtained Writ of Possession; and that the Sheriff was not authorized to remove Defendant’s business from the premises; but the Sheriff did it anyway;  the evidence presented to the Court (the communications between Metropolitan Environmental Services and the Sheriff) shows that the Sheriff was aware that a tenant was present and that no Writ had been issued for that tenant.  This crucial evidence also indicates that Defendant had the right to defend his business and business property from intruders or attackers;  no such instructions were provided to the Grand Jurors, as the State intentionally refused to provide that evidence to the jury.  The Defendant had valid factual defenses (not merely affirmative defenses) that were never presented and thus, the prosecutor interfered with the investigation of the Grand Jury and changing the outcome of the Grand Jury proceedings.
The Defendant never threatened anyone few days prior to the eviction, as the prosecutor has fraudulently asserted in his response brief;  the Court should order the State to provide proof of these fraudulent assertions, as these lies were also made to the Grand Jurors and painted the Defendant as a violent person and affected the jury’s decision to indict;  the Defendant vehemently denies that few days prior to the eviction he had threatened the convicted criminal conspirators.
The fraudulently issued judgment never adjudicated the subject matter of land possession, as the Chancery courts have no jurisdiction over land possession issues.  Thus, the judgment was void regarding the alleged adjudication of the possession of the Defendant’s property.  A judgment is void for lack of subject matter jurisdiction when the court has no authority to adjudicate the controversy. See Bank v. Kim, 361 N.J. Super. 331, 339 (App. Div. 2003) (mortgage foreclosure judgment void in violation of bankruptcy automatic stay).   Here, the Chancery court had no subject matter jurisdiction over the property possession issue and thus any order issued by that court was void, a legal nullity.  Therefore, the sheriff was enforcing a void (and fraudulent as well) court order.
As it was stated earlier, it was the Defendant who called Judge McVeigh at 8:56 am to ask for a stay or check on the status of a stay he had applied few weeks ago, pursuant to with NJSA § 2A:42-10.6 that allows up to a six month stay;  the Sheriff SWAT team had sharpshooters and snipers pointing at Defendant’s chest and head while he was talking to judge McVeigh and the Defendant was fearful of his life and that is why he told the Judge that there will be blood shed unless there is a stay;  a simple stay (allowed by the New Jersey statutes and routinely granted by all courts) would have prevented this incident;  but the reckless State and County employees caused the Defendant to be under stress and duress by trying to remove his business without having a Writ for removal of Metropolitan Environmental Services.
The current prosecutor, P. Roby, is fraudulently attempting to mislead and lie to this Court by stating that the Sheriff was there to evict the Defendant from his “business/home”.  However, the fraudulent Writ makes no mention of Defendant’s business, a legal tenant at the property for many years.  Now, the corrupt prosecutor is claiming or appears to be claiming that the Writ covered both the Defendant and his business.  But it did not – there is no evidence to support this reckless assertion and we are asking the Court to strike these responses of the state and sanction the prosecutor.
In fact, there is no record that any Judgment of Possession was adjudicated by any Law Division court.  Judgments of Possession and other eviction issues are in the jurisdiction of the Law Division.  See Exhibit B for the legal forms used by the Passaic County courts to adjudicate the issue of possession.  These proceedings require a notice, and reason for the eviction, and an answer, and a court order signed by a Law Division judge, and so on.  We demand that the State provides a copy of the judicial record showing that there was a trial or a factual hearing where the issue of possession was adjudicated.  If the State fails to provide evidence of such record, then this Court must rule in favor of the Defendant on the issue of the adjudication of the Judgment of Possession and the subsequent Writ of Possession.  No court ever adjudicated the possession of the property by using the long-established procedures listed above; NONE. 
Please note that under the “Writ of Possession” form in Exhibit B, it states the following:
“WHEREAS, on ________ by a certain judgment of the Law Division Special Civil Part, PASSAIC in a cause therein pending, ….”
Clearly, the conspirators were required to file a suit in the Law Division, but they never did.  This is the crux of the matter.  They in fact defrauded and lied to the various courts and court clerks.  Most likely, a conspiracy between the State, County and the convicted criminals had been formed, to force out of their homes people who were disputing their tax bills. 
There is no record of any ejectment or eviction proceeding ever held before any court that had jurisdiction over such proceedings and over Defendant’s property and person.  The state has failed to provide any record that such proceedings were ever held and is lying to this Court by claiming that “a Court-ordered Writ of Possession” was issued.  No court that had jurisdiction over the property ever adjudicated a judgment of possession and therefore a Writ could not have been possibly been issued.
Certainly, no such hearings were ever held for the legal tenant Metropolitan Environmental Services.  The sheriff however, did evict this tenant from the premises in a total disregard of the law of possession and the law of tenancy.  Recklessness beyond belief.  The Grand Jurors were never informed of such illegal acts by the sheriff.

This fraudulent scheme was invented by Robert Del Vecchio, American Tax Funding, and the other convicted conspirators.  Perhaps additional conspirators include the County and Municipality and Judicial employees as they have violated the legal rights of thousands of homeowners by using these fraudulent (and criminal) ex-parte proceedings, without any hearing, without any findings of fact, without application of facts to the law, by violating the constitutional rights of the homeowners and so on.  Absolute disgrace.  This potential conspiracy between the County, State and the convicted conspirators is the prime reason we do not believe that fair trial and fair proceedings will be had in this County.  We hereby renew our Motion to Change Venue, based on the detailed discussion of some of the factual evidence that was intentionally and willfully not presented to the Grand Jurors.

Hogan requires both exculpatory and inculpatory statements to be presented to the grand jury, and so must this Court.  Defendant had the right to have the grand jurors hear both the incriminating and the exculpatory evidence, rather than have certain information withheld by the Assistant Prosecutor.  When a witness presents a number of versions of his story, and when the Defendant presents facts or testimony that is refuting the factual allegations of the state witnesses, all the statements must be presented to the grand jury in order for the grand jury to properly carry out its investigative function with the level of fairness to which defendant is entitled.  The grand jury "was deprived of its right to investigate and its ultimate task of determining whether the State did in fact present a prima facie case." Hogan, , 281 N.J. Super. at 299, 657 A.2d 462.  State v. Epps, 284 N.J. Super. 373 (N.J. Super. App. Div. 1995 (dismissing the indictment for failure to provide both exculpatory and inculpatory statements to the Grand Jury).
In Hogan, the Assistant Prosecutor argued in the trial court that it was in her discretion to present the evidence to the grand jury. Because she personally did not believe the recantation, and believed it was coerced, and therefore not credible, she argued she did not have to present the evidence to the grand jury. Id. at 296, 657 A.2d 462. The court stated:
The prosecutor contends that her duty to disclose only arises if the statement is exculpatory and if the prosecutor believes it to be truthful. This cannot possibly be the determinative basis for the decision whether to disclose evidence to the grand jury. The standard for prosecutorial conduct may not rest on a prosecutor's belief. The decision whether to indict is solely entrusted to the grand jury, which must decide "whether a prima facie case has been made out."
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[ Ibid. (citing Trap Rock Industries v. Kohl, 59 N.J. 471, 487, 284 A.2d 161 (1971), cert. denied, 405 U.S. 1065, 92 S.Ct. 1500, 31 L.Ed.2d 796 (1972)).]
Similarly here, the prosecutor argues that he believes that the Defendant’s emails and phone records are incriminatory and that they would not have made any difference in the Grand Jury’s decision whether a prima facie case has been made out.  However, what the prosecutor thinks of the evidence or the testimony of the witness is irrelevant.  The email records and the phone call record of the sheriff and the Defendant show that the Defendant was not pointing a gun at both Lucas and D’Agostino at 8:50 am as he was 50 feet away behind his business computer.  Basically, the State’s witnesses’ testimony is fully contradicted by reliable electronic and physical evidence.  Although the Grand Jury proceedings are not supposed to be adversarial ones, the prosecutor must present evidence that will tend to disprove the elements of the state’s charges or that would shed reasonable doubt that elements of the alleged offenses ever took place.  The bottom line is that the prosecutor decided to withhold from the Grand Jury reliable electronic evidence and eye-witnesses and the grand jury "was deprived of its right to investigate and its ultimate task of determining whether the State did in fact present a prima facie case." Hogan, supra, 281 N.J. Super. at 299, 657 A.2d 462.
Because a target has neither a right to testify before the grand jury nor to have the grand jury hear any particular evidence, the target is completely dependent on the prosecutor to inform the grand jury of exculpatory evidence.  Although a prosecutor is not required to present “all possibly exculpatory evidence” to a grand jury, he or she must alert the grand jurors to the existence of “important exculpatory evidence.” In that category, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts includes “exculpatory evidence that would greatly undermine the credibility of an important witness, [other] evidence likely to affect the grand jury’s decision,” as well as evidence the withholding of which would cause the presentation to be seriously tainted.  The evidence proffered by the Defendant demonstrates that the withheld evidence would have distorted or “greatly undermined” the credibility of the evidence presented to the Grand Jury.
The evidence standard before the Grand Jury is whether there is “evidence, which if uncontradicted and unexplained, would carry the case to a jury and justify the conviction of the accused.”  Trap Rock Industries. Inc., v. Kohl, 59 N.J. 471 (1971).  While this evidential burden may seem low, it provides an important protection to citizens by preventing the State from abusing its power and bringing criminal charges that lack any basis in the evidence or they are contradicted by other evidence or witness testimony.  Sufficiency of the evidence is not the decision point;  the evidence presented must be uncontradicted and unexplained – this is the key decision point.  Here, all the evidence presented to the Grand Jury has been contradicted and fully explained by the Defendant’s proffered evidence.   Protecting our citizens against the possibility of unfounded criminal charges is the most important function of the grand jury. 
Here, all the statements presented to the jurors were also false or fraudulent and the Defendant was prepared to testify and provide evidence that would have refuted necessary elements of each offense that he was charged with and would have contradicted and explained testimony presented by the State.  The Defendant would have testified, among other important facts, that
·                     that no court had adjudicated a Judgment of Possession through an eviction hearing or a summary dispossess hearing; 
·                     that the Chancery Court had no subject matter jurisdiction over a land possession issue, as such issues are the jurisdiction of the Law Division; and therefore, all possession orders issued by Chancery Court were void ab initio, with no legal effect, a complete nullity;
·                     that no court had ordered a writ of possession to be issued, following an eviction hearing (a property possession hearing); it was the conspirator Robert Del Vecchio who falsified forms presented to a judge in Mercer County (Judge Jacobson) and put language to indicate that the possession issue had been adjudged – but it had not been adjudicated by any court – THIS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY IMPORTANT POINT FOR THE COURT TO UNDERSTAND;
·                     that he did not know that Sheriff employees were “police officers” as the State fraudulently states in its brief;
·                     that the Sheriff employees were not wearing the dark “police officer” uniforms, but they were wearing Sheriff civil division uniforms;
·                     that the individuals peering through Defendant’s side windows never announced that they were “police officers” or sheriff officers;
·                     that a young (neither bold and no facial hair) Sheriff employee was illegally peering through Defendant’s side window; and that he slipped and fell as he was standing at the very edge of the porch and was illegally trying to look inside Defendant’s home at about 8:53 am, about 3 minutes after he arrived at the porch at 8:50 am; 
·                     that Lucas (he may have been the sworn law enforcement officer on duty that day) was not the one peering through that side window and that he was located at least 50 feet away near his sheriff vehicle;
·                     that Lucas formed a conspiracy with the other Sheriff employees to testify that he was the one sitting on the porch of the Defendant’s home;  the reason is that none of the other sheriff employees were sworn law enforcement officers;
·                     that Lucas has testified that it was hard to see inside the home because of the sun reflection, further corroborating Defendant’s facts presented in the Motion to Dismiss;
·                     that a Writ of Possession does not allow the Sheriff to peer through inaccessible windows or perform illegal search especially if the Plaintiff (the conspirators, Robert Del Vecchio, ATF, et al.) has not arrived at the property;
·                     that a Warrant for Removal issued by a Law Division Judge was required to remove the Plaintiff from his home or business and that the Sheriff did not have a Warrant and that no such Warrant for Removal was ever obtained from a Law Division court;
·                     that the Plaintiff representative (the conspirators Robert Del Vecchio, ATF, et al) were not present during the Sheriff illegal peering through the window(s) of Defendant’s home;
·                     that the County, the Chancery Court and the conspirators also violated the New Jersey Constitution, Article I, paragraph 20 that states that  Private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation.  Individuals or private corporations shall not be authorized to take private property for public use without just compensation first made to the owners.  And that under no circumstances private property can be taken by private entities and that no court can issue orders to that effect, taking private property fully owned by the Defendant and delivering it to a third, private party;
·                     That no property possession hearings (eviction hearings) or summary dispossess proceedings were ever held before any court of proper jurisdiction, in violation of New Jersey law – the State has not and cannot provide evidence to this Court that a Property Possession hearing (an eviction hearing) ever took place;  the conspirators simply fooled a Court Clerk in Mercer County into believing that the property possession had been adjudicated;
·                     no bench or other trial was ever held by McVeigh on any issue before her;
·                     no fact-findings and application of the law to the facts consistent with Court Rule 1:7-4(a) were ever held; and that the Court of Appeals would have vacated every order that had been issued;
·                     no pre-eviction notices were ever provided to the Defendant, as is required by New Jersey Law;
·                     no stay of the proceedings for up to six months were ever held authorized under NJSA  § 2A:42-10.6 and no notices were provided by the conspirators advising the Defendant to apply for a stay;
·                     that during the execution of a Writ of Possession, the Sheriff is not allowed to brake the door or enter the premises without the owner being present; and that the Sheriff in this case did just that or attempted to do that without the conspirators being present;
·                     that Defendant’s business, Metropolitan Environmental Services, was not part of the Writ of Possession; and that the Sheriff was not authorized to remove Defendant’s business from the premises; but the Sheriff did it anyway;
·                     that Defendant never threatened anyone few days prior to the eviction, as the prosecutor has fraudulently asserted in his response brief;  the Court should order the State to provide proof of these fraudulent assertions, as these lies were also made to the Grand Jurors and painted the Defendant as a violent person and affected the jury’s decision to indict;
·                     that it was the Defendant who called Judge McVeigh to ask for a stay or check on the status of a stay he had applied few weeks ago, pursuant to with NJSA § 2A:42-10.6 that allows up to a six month stay;
·                     that the Sheriff SWAT team had sharpshooters and snipers pointing at Defendant’s chest and head while he was talking to judge McVeigh and the Defendant was fearful of his life and that is why he told the Judge that there will be blood shed unless there is a stay;  a simple stay (allowed by the New Jersey statutes (and granted by all courts) would have prevented this incident);
·                     that several appeals were pending, including a Suit to Vacate the Tax Deed;  and that THE Sheriff employees now claim that they did not know that appeals and suits were pending;
·                     that the Defendant was forced out of his home by the threats made by Sheriff officer Celix that the SWAT team will break into his home if he does not get out; Defendant hereby requests that the phone conversations between Celix and him become available to the Defendant;
·                     that at 1:30 pm, the SWAT team got the go-ahead to use excessive and unnecessary force and break into Defendant’s home without having a Warrant;
·                     that at no time did anyone told the Defendant that he was under arrest;
·                     that at no time did anyone told the Defendant that he had committed any offense;
·                     that at no time did anyone told the Defendant that an arrest warrant had been issued for his arrest;
·                     that at no time did the Defendant barricaded the door or windows or the property;
·                     that the Defendant only wanted (and had the right) to protect his business and business property that was not part of the fraudulent Writ of Possession, pursuant to NJSA 2C:3-6 (defense of premises NJSA 2C:3-6(a) and (b) and defense of personal property (NJSA 2C:3-6(c) and (d));
·                     that Defendant’s property was sold for $330,000, representing the fair market value of the property;  while the Wayne Township has over assessed the property at almost $500,000; this is more than the 15% allowance on over-assessments and that as result no taxes were due to the Township, as a matter of law;
·                     that the Tax Assessor of Wayne Township sent a letter to the Defendant stating that no assessments had been performed since 1995;
·                     that flooding in Passaic County had reduced the property values, including the Defendant’s and had communicated so with the Assessor.
·                     that the former home of the Defendant was located in an isolated and wooded area of Wayne where less than 5 people and less than 5 habitations were located within 100 feet from the property;
·                     that Lucas was not the person illegally peering through Defendant’s side window, as the Defendant has recently obtained a photo of Lucas and he is not the person that he saw having stuck his face onto the side window;  Defendant remembers a young person peering through his side window; that person had full set of hair and no facial hair, while Lucas is in his 50s and has facial hair and he is very-very bold.  The young sheriff employee was in his late 20s to early 30s and had full set of hair and also had very sharp eyes illegally searching inside the residence as the Defendant did not answer the door at 8:50 am.  Defendant hereby requests a list of the names of all Sheriff employees who were originally dispatched at the 687 Indian Road property at 8:50 am.  This is obviously a bomb-shell, as it will expose the conspiracy among these Sheriff employees to frame the Defendant. 
·         I am attaching the original charge filed by Lucas on 6/28/2011 under Section NJS 2C:17-2C.  As you see, he wrote the reason for the charge is “PLACING SLIVER[sic] METAL CONTAINER ON HIS FRONT STEPS CAUSING THE EVACUATION OF NEIGHBORS.  As you know by now, this was a BLACK PLASTIC SAFETY CONTAINER FOR MY BUSINESS INSTRUMENT placed there to be picked up by the vendor, Pines Environmental.  Note that Lucas writes: “SLIVER [sic]” (he meant silver).  However, this was a black plastic instrument case.  This is another clue telling me that Lucas was not there to eye-witness the instrument.
THIS IS VERY SERIOUS ALLEGATION AND THIS COURT MUST PERFORM AN URGENT INVESTIGATION.
The above is just a summary of the factual contentions of the Defendant.  These factual contentions, along with physical corroborating evidence, refute the allegations of the State witnesses and refute elements of the alleged offenses by facts and testimony and other physical and printed corroborating evidence that clearly exculpate the Defendant or at least place reasonable doubt upon necessary elements of the charged offenses.   
A Defendant’s  statement denying involvement in an alleged offense, although such a statement directly negates guilt, ordinarily would not be sufficiently credible to be ‘clearly exculpatory,’ and need not be revealed to the grand jury.
[Hogan, Id. at 237–38. 
However, in this case the testimony of the Defendant would have provided not just a mere statement of not-guilty, but consists of numerous eyewitness observations, and corroborating emails and phone records, and written material and photographs and detailed description of the physical setting and the surroundings that would have greatly assisted the Grand Jury in its investigation.  In this particular case, it is important to note that the State has not provided not a single physical corroborating evidence to the Grand Jury and also has not provided any corroborating witness to the Lucas and D’Agostino testimony. 
The Appellate Division, in John Hogan, supra, correctly observed that a prosecutor’s obligation to instruct the grand jury on possible defenses is a corollary to his responsibility to present exculpatory evidence. 336 N.J. Super. at 341.  Since Defendant’s home and Defendant’s business and personal property was involved, the State should have presented the defenses of one’s person, the defense of his dwelling, the defense of his business and the defense of his property (both business and personal).  In Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss, as well as in this reply brief, the Defendant has presented numerous facts that clearly warranted an instruction of the Defense of Home, Defense of Property, Duress, Entrapment and Self-Defense.
New Jersey self-defense law permits citizens to use force against unlawful intrusion into their homes, curtilage, or occupied motor vehicles by any person, including public servants.  This law altered the landscape of the Castle Doctrine by extending legal protection to those who would use force against the police. 
In the Preamble to the New Jersey Self-Defense Act, an act concerning the protection of persons and property, amending N.J.S.2C:3-4 and N.J.S.2C:3-6, introduced in the assembly and the senate for the 2010 session, the [New Jersey] Legislature finds and declares that:
a. It is proper for law-abiding people to protect themselves, their families and others from intruders and attackers without fear of prosecution or civil action for acting in defense of their own well-being and the well-being of others.
b. The "Castle Doctrine" is a long-standing American legal  concept arising from English Common Law that provides that one's  abode is a special area in which one enjoys certain protections and  immunities, that one is not obligated to retreat before defending  oneself against attack, and that one may do so without fear of  prosecution.
c. Article I of the New Jersey Constitution guarantees the citizens of this State the rights "of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and of pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness."
d. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution affords the people of this nation the right to keep and bear arms.
e. All who reside in and all who visit this State have a right to expect to be unmolested and safe within their homes, residences and vehicles.
f. No person should be required, as a point of law, to surrender their personal safety or well-being to the unlawful actions of a criminal, nor to needlessly retreat in the face of intrusion or attack.
g. It is, therefore, altogether fitting and proper, and within the public interest, to ensure that law-abiding people are justified in protecting themselves, their families and others from intruders and attackers, and that they may do so without fear of prosecution or civil action.

DEFENSE OF PREMISES (N.J.S.A. 2C:3-6(a) and (b))
The State failed or refused to charge the Grand Jury with the ordinary defense of the Defense of Premises N.J.S.A. 2C:3-6(a) and (b).  The burden of proof is upon the State to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of force by the Defendant was not justified.  Here is what the Model Jury instructions provide for this defense:
A section of our criminal law provides that ......... the use of force upon or toward the person of another is justifiable when the actor is in possession or control of premises or is licensed or privileged to be thereon and he reasonably believes such force necessary to prevent or terminate what he reasonably believes to be the commission or attempted commission of a criminal trespass by such other person in or upon such premises.[1]
A reasonable belief is one that is not recklessly or negligently held[2]; it is a belief that would be held by a person of ordinary prudence and intelligence situated as defendant was.  As the statute indicates, the defense of property exonerates a person who uses force in the reasonable belief that such action was necessary to prevent or terminate the commission or attempted commission of a criminal trespass, even though his/her belief was later proven mistaken.  Accordingly, the law requires only a reasonable, not necessarily a correct, judgment.[3]
A person commits a criminal trespass if, knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so, he enters or surreptitiously remains in any research facility, structure, or separately secured or occupied portion thereof.[4]
BURDEN OF PROOF [ALL CASES]
            The burden of proof is upon the State to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of force by the defendant was not justified.  Thus, if you find that the State has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed _________________________ [the crime[s] charged in the indictment] and has also proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was not justified in using force, then your verdict must be guilty.  But if you have a reasonable doubt whether his/her use of force was justified, then your verdict must be not guilty.

The State has falsely stated that this is an affirmative defense.  In an affirmative defense, the defendant has the burden to prove the defense by a preponderance of evidence.  However, the above Model Jury instructions clearly state that the burden is on the State to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of force by the defendant was not justified.  Thus this is not an affirmative defense and it should have been charged to the Grand Jury.
Defendant provided affidavits or certifications to Mr. Herman for submittal to the grand jury, but Mr. Herman failed to do so.  Defendant had evidence provided to Mr. Herman proving that at the time the complainants claim he was standing at his front door, he was in fact sitting in front of his computer, sending emails to his clients.  These proofs would have established that defendant could not have acted the way the complainants allege.  Also, the record reveals that counsel advised defendant of his right to testify before the grand jury and defendant eagerly decided to do so. Defendant was eager, willing and ready to testify and took the liberty to contact Mr. Dewey multiple times to ask as to when he can testify in the grand jury proceedings
However, defendant did not testify to the grand jury due to omissions by Mr. Herman and the acts of the prosecutors and no exculpatory or defenses/justifications/privileges/immunities were ever presented to the grand jurors.  Defendant did not testify regarding the elements of knowledge, purpose, or intent or scienter of the individual offenses.  Should defendant have testified to the grand jury on his alibi and his defenses/justifications, he would have been exonerated of all charges.

POST SALE PROCEDURE FOR MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE CASES
We are providing below a summary from a document entitled Practical Guide to Foreclosures and Foreclosure Alternatives, by Ralph F. Casale, Esq., 2008, 290 Route 46 West, Denville, New Jersey 07834 to show to this Court that in order for a person to be evicted the new owner must initiate a legal process and is required to obtain a Judgment of Possession, followed by a Writ of Possession. 
The procedure listed below is for mortgage foreclosures and subsequent evictions.  The present case is a so-called tax-lien foreclosure.  In the present case, the conspirators were mandated to initiate eviction proceedings and obtain a Judgment for Possession followed by a Warrant for Possession or Warrant for Removal, but they never did.  There is not record that an eviction proceeding ever took place and the State has not (and cannot) provide with any proof that a Judgment for Possession legal proceeding ever took place.  As we have explained to this Court, the circumvention of the New Jersey legal procedures was part of the conspiracy scheme to defraud homeowners of their properties.
In a mortgage foreclosure case, if the lender is the successful bidder, the sheriff will provide a deed in due course which is then recorded. The lender then is burdened with selling the premises which obviously incurs more time and costs. The premises must be brought to saleable condition, there are the usual realtor commissions, transfer taxes and if not current, past due real estate taxes and possibly condominium association fees.
More often than not the former borrowers still occupy the premises. In order to sell and close the property must be vacant. The lender can try to persuade the borrowers to vacate the premises voluntarily. Many lenders try to provide cash for keys”.  Sometimes the incentive of a cash payment from the lender is enough to convince the borrowers to vacate. Most often however, the lender must evict the occupant of the premises. If the occupants are the former borrowers, the process is accomplished through a Judgment of Possession, followed by a Writ of Possession and affected through the sheriff of the county. The process usually takes an additional three to six months. The lender can expect the borrower to apply to the court for the extension of the eviction for a variety of reason and the courts are generally very liberal in extending the date. Once the final eviction date is established, the lender must provide a representative at the designate time at the property along with a locksmith and mover. The sheriff only attends the eviction to insure and peaceful turnover of the property.  The sheriff is not supposed to do anything and must wait for the arrival of the owner or its representative.
If the premises are occupied by persons other than the borrowers or their relatives, the eviction process is subject to applicable tenancy laws.  This is also crucial for this Court to note, as a tenant, Metropolitan Environmental Services, was present at the premises.  New Jersey has what is generally referred to as an anti-eviction statute. The statutes effect is that as long as a (tenant( pays the rent, the landlord cannot evict the tenant.  There must be a reason for the tenant to be evicted.  There are several steps the lender and its attorney must follow to eventually effect an eviction.  Suffice it to say that the process is much slower than the eviction of the former borrowers.  Several legal issues arise.  Are the premises properly registered with the municipality; what can the lender/landlord reasonably demand as monthly rent; should the lender offer a lease and if so, on what terms; if the property is a multi-family, is it in compliance with applicable state regulations effecting multi-family dwellings; what if the property is a FHA Section 8 premises? Clearly the lender must be in close communication with its attorney who hopefully is well versed in this area of the law. Without going into all the intricacies of the process, assuming the tenant does not pay the rent, a tenancy action is instituted which will eventually result in a Warrant for Removal which is effected by a constable along with a representative of the lender/landlord, locksmith and mover.
Source: Practical Guide to Foreclosures and Foreclosure Alternatives, by Ralph F. Casale, Esq., 2008, 290 Route 46 West, Denville, New Jersey 07834.
Similar procedure is followed in tax lien foreclosure case, with the significant difference that in residential properties (such as the one at hand) instead of a Writ of Possession, the Sheriff must obtain a Warrant.  Here, the Sheriff failed to obtain a Warrant.
The application of the New Jersey land possession statutes is explained in detail in Gary LEVIN and Donna Levin, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Adrian LYNN, et al., 310 N.J. Super. 177, decided April 1998, Appellate Division A-1537-96T2.
“The references therein, to N.J.S.A. 2A:18-53 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 2A:39-2 et seq., are to the statutory provisions concerning, respectively, summary dispossess proceedings instituted in the Special Civil Part, and Superior Court actions to establish either title or the right to possession of real property, and the intent of those amendments is clearly to prohibit a landlord or anyone else from taking possession of residential premises without following judicial procedures.   In the case of a summary dispossess proceeding (which is the method employed by the Millers to obtain a judgment of possession against plaintiffs here) that procedure includes the landlord's obtaining of a warrant for possession.   N.J.S.A. 2A:18-57.   And, it should be noted that in any action seeking possession of a residential property, the issuance of that warrant can be delayed, for good cause, for as long as six months:
[I]n any action brought by a landlord against a tenant to recover possession of premises or unit used for dwelling purposes, to which this act is applicable, whether by summary dispossess proceedings, civil action for the possession of land, or otherwise, the judge of the court having jurisdiction shall use sound discretion in the issuance of a warrant or writ for removal or writ of possession, and if it shall appear that by the issuance of the warrant or writ the tenant will suffer hardship because of the unavailability of other dwelling accommodations the judge may stay the issuance of the warrant or writ and cause the same to issue at such time as he shall deem proper under the circumstances, but in no case shall such judge stay the issuance of any such warrant or writ for possession for a longer period than 6 months after the date of entry of judgment of possession
[N.J.S.A. 2A:42-10.6.]”

These practices by these convicted criminals have been criticized by the state of New Jersey and the Public Advocate Division.  See for example the following excerpt from the “Toolkit for Tenants Living in Foreclosed Properties”, published by the Department of the Public Advocate, Trenton, NJ 08625, dated March 2010:
Courts and Sheriffs In addition to owners and those who work for them, the courts and sheriff officers sometimes mistakenly target protected tenants during the foreclosure process. The writs of execution and final foreclosure judgments are drafted by the attorneys for the lenders. The attorneys sometimes use language in court papers that cause problems because it seems to cover tenants (for example, “and any and all persons occupying said premises”). Other times attorneys specifically name tenants and certify (swear to the court) that those tenants are not covered by the Anti-Eviction Act.  This is especially problematic because tenants often do not have the opportunity to demonstrate that they are in fact legitimate tenants until after the removal has already been ordered by the court and scheduled by the sheriff. If a court order specifically names a tenant to be removed, the sheriff must evict that person. Sometimes, however, sheriffs read the language in the order and believe that they must evict everyone. Also, some notices that sheriffs create and post on property include language, such as “occupants” instead of “owners,” that appears to include tenants. The Attorney General distributed a memo to sheriffs regarding the rights of tenants living in foreclosed properties.

Thus, the judges and the sheriff knew of the practices of Del Vecchio and ATF; yet, the sheriff employees acted as agents for Del Vecchio and intentionally violated Dr. Stephanatos’ possessory rights, including a host of other offenses.  Dr. Stephanatos had informed the two judges and the sheriff of these practices by Del Vecchio and ATF and had alerted the authorities (the sheriff, the governor, the local senator O’Toole, etc.) that these individuals are breaking a host of state and federal laws.  Dr. Stephanatos also filed appeals and suits to vacate the tax deed. 
Dr. Stephanatos also had significant possessory interest, including the filing of a Suit to Vacate the Tax Deed, the filing of two appeals, the possession of a business in the premises, and the right to buy back the rights to the property. See N.J.S.A. 54:5-104.100.  This state law is consistent with the legislative findings in N.J.S.A. 2A:18-61.1a.   See also Royal Tax Lien Services, LLC v Morodan, Appellate Division, Docket No. A-1211-14T3, July 20, 2015 wherein the court stated:
On the other hand, the tax sale laws and our court rules are designed to allow owners to redeem their properties where possible, and to receive relief from inequitable judgments. The analysis found in I.E. clearly favors defendants, and although not binding upon us, it clearly and convincingly outlines the equitable weight that should be accorded to a defendant’s concerns in this scenario, the consequences of which are draconian.
The equities at stake can vary when the redemption value is disproportionately low relative to the owner's equity in the property. As the court stated in I.E.'s, LLC v. Simmons, 392 N.J. Super. 520, 536 (Law Div. 2006), the law results in a "harshness of the tax sale certificate proceedings in this State, where people with substantial equity in a property, for whatever reason, fail to pay property taxes and thereafter default in the tax sale certificate foreclosure proceedings."
In that case, the redemption amount was $22,837.50 and the property's value was $275,000. Ibid. That disparity is similar in magnitude to the disparity in this case. That opinion also stated:
Until the Legislature devises a better system, courts of equity must do their best to balance the equities, taking into account the necessity of allowing the transfer of clear title and the need to compel the payment of property taxes against the necessity of ameliorating, in appropriate circumstances, the onerous impact of the procedure in circumstances where the party has remained in possession of the property and has substantial equity in it.
[Id. at 537.]
This Court should also compare the law of the state of New York, where similar process must be followed, i.e., the issue of possession must be decided by a Law Division judge:
NEW YORK STATE REAL PROPERTY ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS LAW(RPAPL)
ARTICLE 7
SUMMARY PROCEEDING TO RECOVER POSSESSION OF REAL PROPERTY
Sec. 713. GROUNDS WHERE NO LANDLORD-TENANT RELATIONSHIP EXISTS.
A special proceeding may be maintained under this article after a ten-day notice to quit has been served upon the respondent in the manner prescribed in section 735, upon the following grounds:
1.   The property has been sold by virtue of an execution against him or a person under whom he claims and a title under the sale has been perfected.
2.   He occupies or holds the property under an agreement with the owner to occupy and cultivate it upon shares or for a share of the crops and the time fixed in the agreement for his occupancy has expired.
3.   He or the person to whom he has succeeded has intruded into or squatted upon the property without the permission of the person entitled to possession and the occupancy has continued without permission or permission has been revoked  and notice of the revocation given to the person to be  removed.
4.   The property has been sold for unpaid taxes and a tax deed  has been executed and delivered to the purchaser and he or  any subsequent grantee, distributee or devisee claiming  title through such purchaser has complied with all  provisions of law precedent to the right to possession and  the time of redemption by the former owner or occupant has  expired.
5.   The property has been sold in foreclosure and either the deed delivered pursuant to such sale, or a copy of such  deed, certified as provided in the civil practice law and  rules, has been exhibited to him.

Based on New Jersey and New York law, including the law of all other states, to remove a person in possession, the owner must occupy the premises himself (this was not the case here) or no rent was being paid or for breach of the peace.  In other words, only after they met few exceptions (such as not paying rent, etc.) and through an Order from a Law Division Judge could have allowed these defendants to enter Dr. Stephanatos’ property and to remove him from his dwelling.  They did not follow the Wrongful Entry and Detainer Act and the Anti-Eviction Act, or the Summary Dispossess Act and they willfully lied to the Mercer County Clerk in May 2011 that there were no tenants in the premises (see Exhibit B in Attachment 7 for the willful misrepresentation by Robert Del Vecchio that no tenants were present at the residence of Dr. Stephanatos and that Dr. Stephanatos had no possessory interests in his home). 
The defendants also knew that the Wrongful or Unlawful Entry statutes protect Plaintiff’s right to remain in possession of his residence.  Specifically, N.J.S.A. 2A:39-7 says that title shall not be an issue since Plaintiff was in continuous possession of his residence for 16 years.
N.J.S.A. 2A:39-7 Title not inquired into; defense of 3 years possession
Title shall not be an issue in any action commenced under this chapter. 3 years peaceable possession by the defendant shall be a defense to the action.

Defendants Del Vecchio and ATF failed to disclose these statutes to the sheriff that prevent the sheriff from evicting a person from a residential property without a Warrant for Removal.  This way they managed to fool the sheriff to perform an unlawful search and unlawful entry and to forcefully remove Dr. Stephanatos from his lawfully-occupied residence on June 28, 2011.  The New Jersey Law clearly says that these individuals can be charged with criminal trespass, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3, including many other criminal charges, such as Theft by Unlawful Taking, Robbery, Burglary, etc.
Dr. Stephanatos’ possessory interest in his home could not have been violated by the defendants without the very specific legal process of N.J.S.A. 2A:18-53 et seq.[1]  However, the defendants willfully violated Dr. Stephanatos’ legal rights

It is very crucial for this Court to understand that the conspirators never instituted such land possession proceedings before any court of competent jurisdiction.  It is mandatory that summary dispossess proceedings, civil action for the possession of land, or otherwise be held by the conspirators, in accordance with New Jersey law, but the conspirators intentionally did not do that.  These convicted criminals simply drafted the document entitled “Final Judgment” and they gave it to a Judge in Mercer County (Judge Jacobson) to sign the two pages.  This was part of the conspiratory scheme of these criminals, i.e., to file false certifications with the courts, to mislead the courts in signing judgements of possession without holding any hearing or any New Jersey law-mandated legal process.  The State has not and cannot provide ANY legal proceedings to this Court where the Judgment of Possession was adjudicated.  And certainly cannot provide any evidence regarding such proceedings against Metropolitan Environmental Services, a proper and legal tenant of the 687 Indian Road premises.
Importantly, the New Jersey law allows for extension of the eviction time, even in case where a valid Writ was issued.  See N.J.S.A. 2A:42-10.6.  Here, the Defendant called and wrote and pled with the conspirators and Judge McVeigh to stop the illegal onslaught and to stay the illegal eviction, but to no avail.  Judge McVeigh sure should have known that no eviction hearings (Judgment of Possession) were ever held.  She should have known that what the conspirators were doing was illegal;  she could not have been that incompetent of a judge.  Perhaps she is an incompetent judge, as she also failed to consider defendant’s full equity in his home (as is mandated by New Jersey case law (see Royal Tax Lien Services, LLC v Morodan, Appellate Division, Docket No. A-6030-12T1, July 3, 2014)) and she never conducted a bench trial to determine the facts consistent with Rule 1:7-4(a). 
Judge Jacobson in Mercer County simply issued a judgment against defendant based on the statements of the conspirators Robert Del Vecchio and American Tax Funding (ATF).  The entire panorama of circumstances indicate that defendant was denied due process.  There are issues and defenses of entrapment, duress and improper government conduct.
It is the Defendant’s position that New Jersey’s Anti-Eviction Act (N.J.S.A. 2A:18-61.1 et seq.) and New Jersey’s Foreclosure Fairness Act (N.J.S.A. 2A:50-69 thru 72) were violated by the State’s and conspirators’ actions in this case as they evicted a legal tenant of the premises, Metropolitan Environmental Services.  The fraudulently obtained Writ of Possession cited by the State, does not include Metropolitan Environmental Services and the Defendant had the right to defend his business from illegal eviction.  Even more importantly, State Law requires a Warrant for eviction of a residential tenant.
A JUDGMENT RENDERED WITHOUT PROPER SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION IS VOID.  SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION CANNOT BE WAIVED BY THE PARTIES OR OTHERWISE AVOIDED
JURISDICTION OF THE NEW JERSEY COURTS
To further prove that a Chancery Court has no subject matter jurisdiction over land possession issues, here is the jurisdiction of the New Jersey courts, as is provided at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/civil/.  As you can see, the Chancery Court has no Jurisdiction over property possession issues.  On the other hand, the Law Division handles either the Landlord-Tenant issues(to summary dispossession actions) or actions for possession of real estate (unlawful detainer/writ of possession).  This is very critical information, as you can imagine.

Superior Court, Law Division, Special Civil Part
The Special Civil Part handles claims for monetary damages of $15,000 or less (unless the overage is waived) and unlawful detainer actions. Case types typically filed in the Special Civil Part are damage claims arising from contract, consumer debt, auto negligence property damage, and statutory penalty enforcement, and non-monetary matters such as writs of replevins and actions for possession of real estate (unlawful detainer/writ of possession). Judges without a jury typically adjudicate Special Civil Part cases. There are approximately 406,000 cases filed in the Special Civil Part each year.
The Special Civil Part, Small Claims Section handles cases in which the demand is $3,000 or less and actions for the return of all or part of a security deposit when the amount does not exceed $5000. Annually, approximately 35,000 cases are filed with the Small Claims section.
The Special Civil Part, Landlord - Tenant Section has limited, special jurisdiction. It is limited to summary dispossession actions in which the dispute arise out of a landlord - tenant relationship. The only relief available is whether possession is returned to the landlord with the tenant’s summary removal from the property. Annually, approximately 170,000 cases are filed with the Landlord-Tenant section.
For more information on Special Civil Part click here.
Superior Court, Chancery Division, General Equity
Chancery Division, General Equity handle claims for non-monetary relief, such as restrictive covenant enforcement, labor injunctions, foreclosures, and corporation or partnership governance disputes. A judge without a jury tries General Equity cases. There are approximately 8,900 cases filed in General Equity each year.
The above prove beyond any doubt that the Chancery Judge had no jurisdiction over the possession issue and any orders issued by a court devoid of subject matter jurisdiction are void and cannot be enforced.  The worst part here is that this “adjudged” possession judgment was never adjudicated, as there was never a hearing or trial ever took place.  The convicted conspirators simply wrote that language into a “final judgment” issued in May 2011 and gave it to a Chancery judge in another county, Mercer County, to sign it.  Then they obtained an ex-parte Writ of Possession from a Clerk of Mercer County (note that the subject property was located in Passaic County, and the Mercer County Clerk had no jurisdiction over the Defendant’s property located in Passaic County). 
As defined by our Supreme Court in James v. Francesco, 61 N.J. 480, 485 (1972), "a judgment is void if there has been a failure to comply with a requirement which is a condition precedent to the exercise of jurisdiction by the court." A void judgment is one rendered by a court lacking jurisdiction with regard to the party against whom it is rendered or lacking jurisdiction of the subject matter of the action, Restatement, Judgments (2d) Section 1 pp 30-33 (1982), and it may be set aside without the need of showing a meritorious defense. See Jameson v. Great Atlantic, 363 N.J. Super. 419, 425 (App. Div. 2003).  New Century Financial Services, Inc. v. Suk Cha Carrero, Appellate Division, Superior Court, February 2007, Docket No. A-3926-05T23926-05T2. 
Thus, the “final judgment cited by the State was void, not voidable.  It had no legal effect whatsoever.  Thus, any Writ issued pursuant to such void judgment was also void, of no legal effect.
A judgment is void for lack of subject matter jurisdiction when the court has no authority to adjudicate the controversy. See Bank v. Kim, 361 N.J. Super. 331, 339 (App. Div. 2003) (mortgage foreclosure judgment void in violation of bankruptcy automatic stay).   Here, the Chancery court had no subject matter jurisdiction over the property possession issue and thus any order issued by that court was void, a legal nullity.
HOW THE CONSPIRATORS MANAGED TO FOOL (OR CONSPIRED WITH) THE COURTS
Despite the luck of any fact finding by Judge McVeigh (Judge McVeigh never conducted a bench trial to determine the facts consistent with Rule 1:7-4(a)), on May 13, 2011, the Mercer County Honorable Mary C. Jacobson, P.J.Ch., entered a “final judgment” against defendant in favor of American Tax Funding, LLC (“ATFH”). (Final Judgment annexed at Da44-46) upon the presentation to that court of a form that had been prepared by the conspirator Robert Del Vecchio.  That form includes language “AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the plaintiff dully recover against the said defendant …possession of the premises… and that a Writ of Possession issue thereon”.  Contrary to what the conspirators wrote in this form and presented to a Mercer County Court for signing, there was never an adjudication of the possession of the premises.  There is no judicial record that the State can provide that indicates that such possession litigation ever took place.  As was stated in the previous section, the Chancery Court had no subject matter jurisdiction over the property possession issue and it could not have been adjudicated by that court.  This fact alone provides clear and convincing evidence of a conspiracy between McVeigh and the convicted criminals (Robert Del Vecchio, ATF, and others) to defraud the Defendant of his property and business.
Basically the conspirators presented to the Mercer County court a form that has adjudicated both the ownership issue and the possession issue.  The conspirators managed to fool the Mercer County court clerk by providing this fraudulently prepared form that states that the possession issue has been adjudged by the Passaic County Chancery Court.  Basically, the conspirators took advantage of the dysfunctional legal system of New Jersey where one court does the fact finding and another court signs the orders (and in this instant case, Judge McVeigh of Passaic County Chancery Court, never held any fact finding and application of the facts to the law session in violation of Rule 1:7-4(a).  The conspirator Robert Del Vecchio took full advantage of this confusion and managed to full the court system.
This final judgment also contains the language “This judgment shall not affect the rights of any person protected by the New Jersey Tenant Anti-Eviction Act (N.J.S.A, 2A:18-61.1 et seq.)” (Da45).  The significance of this clause is discussed in the Motion to Change Venue brief and it is applicable here as Defendant’s businesses (Metropolitan Environmental Services and Metropolitan Environmental Services, PC) were tenants at that property and could not have been evicted without legal process.  The Writ of Possession fraudulently obtained by the conspirator Robert Del Vecchio did not include Metropolitan Environmental Services.  However, the Passaic County Sheriff did evict these business tenants without having a Writ of Removal or a Warrant for Removal.  This is an undeniable fact and proves beyond any doubt that the sheriff employees did violate the Defendant’s possessory rights and caused massive economic and non-economic injuries in the process.
THE PROSECUTOR CONTINUES TO LIE AND MISLEAD THIS HONORABLE COURT BY STATING THAT LUCAS AND D’AGOSTINO WERE POLICE OFFICERS WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SHERIFF OFFICERS
The prosecutor continues to refer to the sheriff officers as police officers, in a willful attempt to mislead this Court the same way the prosecutor mislead the Grand Jury.  The New Jersey Criminal Code clearly distinguishes between a police officer and a sheriff officer.   As proof that the 2C:12-1b(9) statutes intended to protect law enforcement officers in the performance of the police duties and not to protect sheriff officers, the Court should take a look at the statute 2C:12-1b(5).  This is the statute that addresses the assault on law enforcement officer or public employee, such a sheriff.  
Under this statute, the assault upon a law enforcement officer is included under 2C:12-1b(5)(a): Any law enforcement officer acting in the performance of his duties while in uniform or exhibiting evidence of his authority or because of his status as a law enforcement officer.
By contrast the assault on a sheriff officer is included under section 2C:12-1b(5)(h): Any … sheriff, undersheriff, or sheriff’s officer acting in the performance of his duties while in uniform or exhibiting evidence of his authority.
Thus, the legislature has clearly distinguished between a law enforcement officer and a sheriff officer.  These two groups of employees were not meant to be considered one and the same.  This is the reason that sheriff officers who perform civil process, wear different colored uniforms than the law enforcement officers.  Even within the Sheriff’s department, there are different groups of sheriff’s employees identified as law enforcement group, civil service group, K-9 group, etc. and they in fact wear different color uniforms to make that distinction as a law enforcement versus non-law enforcement.  Based on their testimony, Lucas and D’Agostino were employees working in the civil process division and wearing light blue uniforms and not the dark blue uniforms.
We believe that this analysis conclusively proves that the statute 2C:12-1b(9) does not include sheriff employees, but it was intended to protect police officers in their law enforcement duties.  The state legislature would have most likely included the sheriff employees in this statute and not simply leave it open to interpretation or ambiguity.
The prosecutor, fully aware that the above statute is meant to protect police officers and not sheriff officers, has fraudulently represented throughout his response brief that the sheriff’s process servers were in fact police officers.  The same fraudulent presentation was made to the Grand Jury and mislead the jurors and tainted the proceedings.
These charges under 2C:12-1b(9) must be dismissed with prejudice for the reasons stated above as Lucas and D’Agostino were not police officers but sheriff officers.
THE PROSECUTOR CONTINUES TO LIE AND MISLEAD THIS HONORABLE COURT BY STATING THAT LUCAS AND D’AGOSTINO HAD THE AUTHORITY TO EVICT BOTH THE DEFENDANT AND THE BUSINESS TENANT
The Prosecutor is lying to the Court by stating in his response brief that the sheriff officers had a Writ of Possession that included the Defendant’s business.  However, the Writ of Possession makes no reference to Defendant’s business, Metropolitan Environmental Services, that was a legal tenant of the premises. 
It is the Defendant’s position that New Jersey’s Anti-Eviction Act (N.J.S.A. 2A:18-61.1 et seq.) and New Jersey’s Foreclosure Fairness Act (N.J.S.A. 2A:50-69 thru 72) were violated by the Sheriff’s and conspirators’ actions in this case as they evicted a legal tenant of the premises, Metropolitan Environmental Services.  The alleged Writ of Possession cited by the State, does not include Metropolitan Environmental Services and the Defendant had the right to defend his business from illegal eviction. 
NO JUDGMENT OF POSSESSION OR EVICTION PROCEEDINGS WERE EVER HELD IN FRONT OF A LAW DIVISION COURT AS IS REQUIRED BY NEW JERSEY LAW.
The State continues to make fraudulent representations to this Court that somehow a “court-ordered Writ of Possession” was issued by a court of competent jurisdiction, when in fact no Judgement of Possession was ever adjudicated and so such writ was ever issued by a competent court  as there was never an eviction action instituted against the Defendant by the conspirators.  This is extremely crucial for this Court to understand.

In is response, the State has failed to provide to this Court ANY transcripts of any legal process relating to the issue of the adjudication of the eviction of the Defendant from his fully-owned property (the Defendant had 100 percent equity in his home).  Absolutely no evidence of any eviction process exists, as no such action was brought by the conspirators before a court of competent jurisdiction and no hearing or legal process ever took place in direct violation of State Constitutional and Statutory Laws.  We explain below.
As we wrote in our Omnibus Motions Brief, the conspirators Robert Del Vecchio, American Tax Funding, et al. never applied to the Chancery Court or a Law Division Court for an eviction judgement (also called Judgement for Possession).  This is critical for this Court to understand.  After the Defendant refused to redeem the illegal tax sale certificate obtained by the conspirators, the Chancery Court transferred the title of his 687 Indian Road property (fully owned by the Defendant) to the conspirators via a so-called Tax Deed.  This occurred prior to May 13, 2011.  No further hearings or legal process occurred regarding the possession of the property that was the home and the place of business of the Defendant.  The Court must note that New Jersey Law prohibits the self-eviction from residential properties and provides that no eviction process will be adjudicated unless the owner follows notice and other requirements found in the New Jersey’s Anti-Eviction Act (N.J.S.A. 2A:18-61.1 et seq.) and New Jersey’s Foreclosure Fairness Act (N.J.S.A. 2A:50-69 thru 72.
The New Jersey law that was intentionally violated by the State, the County and the conspirators, provides as follows:
N.J.S.A. 2A:39-1.   No person shall enter upon or into any real property and detain and hold the same, except where entry is given by law, and then only in a peaceable manner.   With regard to any real property occupied solely as a residence by the party in possession, such entry shall not be made in any manner without the consent of the party in possession unless the entry and detention is made pursuant to legal process as set out in N.J.S. 2A:18-53 et seq. or 2A:35-1 et seq.

Specifically, for removing a person from a residential property, N.J.S.A. 2A:18-57 requires that a judgment of possession must be issued by a Law Division Judge, followed by a Warrant for Removal.  State law also mandates that a notice be provided to the person in possession that s/he has the right to apply to the court for a stay of execution of the warrant, along with other notifications.

The application of these statutes is explained in detail in Gary LEVIN and Donna Levin, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Adrian LYNN, et al., 310 N.J. Super. 177, decided April 1998, Appellate Division A-1537-96T2.
“The references therein, to N.J.S.A. 2A:18-53 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 2A:39-2 et seq., are to the statutory provisions concerning, respectively, summary dispossess proceedings instituted in the Special Civil Part, and Superior Court actions to establish either title or the right to possession of real property, and the intent of those amendments is clearly to prohibit a landlord or anyone else from taking possession of residential premises without following judicial procedures.   In the case of a summary dispossess proceeding (which is the method employed by the Millers to obtain a judgment of possession against plaintiffs here) that procedure includes the landlord's obtaining of a warrant for possession.   N.J.S.A. 2A:18-57.   And, it should be noted that in any action seeking possession of a residential property, the issuance of that warrant can be delayed, for good cause, for as long as six months:
[I]n any action brought by a landlord against a tenant to recover possession of premises or unit used for dwelling purposes, to which this act is applicable, whether by summary dispossess proceedings, civil action for the possession of land, or otherwise, the judge of the court having jurisdiction shall use sound discretion in the issuance of a warrant or writ for removal or writ of possession, and if it shall appear that by the issuance of the warrant or writ the tenant will suffer hardship because of the unavailability of other dwelling accommodations the judge may stay the issuance of the warrant or writ and cause the same to issue at such time as he shall deem proper under the circumstances, but in no case shall such judge stay the issuance of any such warrant or writ for possession for a longer period than 6 months after the date of entry of judgment of possession
[N.J.S.A. 2A:42-10.6.]”

At that time, the Defendant filed two Appeals and a Suit to Vacate the Tax Deed based on the illegal activities of the conspirators.
The State continues to make fraudulent representations to this Court that somehow a “court-ordered Writ of Possession” was issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.  Here is what the New Jersey statutes say under Article 3, Actions for Possession:
§ 2A:42-10.6. Judge to use sound discretion in issuing warrants or writs for removal or writs of possession; stay of issuance;limitation
Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in any action brought by a landlord against a tenant to recover possession of premises or unit used for dwelling purposes, to which this act is applicable, whether by summary dispossess proceedings, civil action for the possession of land, or otherwise, the judge of the court having jurisdiction shall use sound discretion in the issuance of a warrant or writ for removal or writ of possession, and if it shall appear that by the
issuance of the warrant or writ the tenant will suffer hardship because of the unavailability of other dwelling accommodations the judge may stay the issuance of the warrant or writ and cause the same to issue at such time as he shall deem proper under the circumstances, but in no case shall such judge stay the issuance of any such warrant or writ for possession
for a longer period than 6 months after the date of entry of the judgment of possession;


Despite the luck of any fact finding by Judge McVeigh (Judge McVeigh never conducted a bench trial to determine the facts consistent with Rule 1:7-4(a)), on May 13, 2011, the Mercer County Honorable Mary C. Jacobson, P.J.Ch., entered a “final judgment” against defendant in favor of American Tax Funding, LLC (“ATFH”). (Final Judgment annexed at Da44-46) upon the presentation to that court of a form that had been prepared by the conspirator Robert Del Vecchio.  That form includes language “AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the plaintiff dully recover against the said defendant …possession of the premises… and that a Writ of Possession issue thereon”.  Contrary to what the conspirators wrote in this form and presented to a Mercer County Court for signing, there was never an adjudication of the possession of the property.  There is no judicial record that the State can provide that indicates that such possession litigation ever took place.  Basically the conspirators presented to the Mercer County court a standard form that has adjudicated both the ownership issue and the possession issue and some blanks are filled out- these forms are only applicable to mortgage foreclosure cases and not to a tax lien case where Defendant had full ownership of the property and where the alleged tax owed was a small fraction of the value of the property.  The conspirators managed to fool the Mercer County court clerk by providing this fraudulently prepared form that states that the possession issue has been adjudged by the Passaic County Chancery Court.  Basically the conspirators took advantage of the dysfunctional legal system of New Jersey where one court does the fact finding and another court signs the orders.  The conspirator Robert Del Vecchio took full advantage of this confusion and managed to full the court system.
This final judgment also contains the language “This judgment shall not affect the rights of any person protected by the New Jersey Tenant Anti-Eviction Act (N.J.S.A, 2A:18-61.1 et seq.)” (Da45).  The significance of this clause is discussed in the Motion to Change Venue brief. 
This Court should understand that in every property, there are two titles: a possessory title and a legal (ownership) title.  The above judgment (fraudulent or not), only covers the ownership and not possession of a property.  The possession of a property must be decided under the provisions of the Unlawful Entry and Detainer state law (see N.J.S.A. 2A:18-57, New Jersey’s Anti-Eviction Act (N.J.S.A. 2A:18-61.1 et seq.) and New Jersey’s Foreclosure Fairness Act (N.J.S.A. 2A:50-69 thru 72).  The new owner must file an eviction suit against the defendant and must state the reasons for the eviction and must comply with pre-eviction notices.  An owner cannot simply self-evict a person by providing self-certification; however, this is what these conspirators and the state and county employees did here and violated the possessory rights of the Defendant as are guaranteed by the State Constitution and by State Laws.  This is very crucial for the Court to understand.
Robert A. Del Vecchio is the attorney for the conspirator ATFH, and he submitted a self-Certification (on an ex-parte basis) (filed May 13, 2011), with the Clerk of Mercer County, stating, in part, that:
The aforementioned person is not protected by the provision of the Anti-Eviction Act (the “Act”), as enunciated in the New Jersey Supreme Court Case of Chase Manhattan Bank v. Josephson, since that Act applies to tenants and this defendant is the prior owner of the property.  His ownership rights were foreclosed upon in the above-entitled action. (Da48).  The Court should note that this conspirator wrote that “”His ownership rights were foreclosed”;  however, the issue at hand was the possession of the property and not the ownership. 
This self-certification was an illegal and fraudulent ex-parte certification by the co-conspirator Robert Del Vecchio, on behalf of his client, ATF or ATFH, as Defendant’s businesses were tenants at the property.  This Court should also note that the Chase Manhattan Bank v. Josephson case refers to mortgage foreclosures and not tax lien foreclosures, as the Appellate Division in Royal Tax Lien Services, LLC v Morodan has already ruled that homeowners who hold significant equity into their properties should not lose their home:
Furthermore, as we have indicated earlier, Defendant’s business was a tenant at the subject property and was not subject of the Writ of Possession or any other legal proceeding and could not have been evicted from the premises.  This is crucial evidence before this Court and indicates the magnitude of the conspiracy against the Defendant: 
·                     The State, the County, the Chancery Court and the conspirators also violated the New Jersey Constitution, Article I, paragraph 20 that states that  Private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation.  Individuals or private corporations shall not be authorized to take private property for public use without just compensation first made to the owners. 
·                     no property possession hearings were ever held;
·                     no bench trial was ever held by McVeigh on any issue before her;
·                     no fact-findings and application of the law to the facts consistent with Rule 1:7-4(a) were ever held;
·                     no pre-eviction notices were ever provided to the Defendant;
·                     no stay of the proceedings were ever held consistent with § 2A:42-10.6;

As the Appellate Division in Royal Tax Lien Services, LLC v Morodan has already ruled, homeowners who hold significant equity into their properties should not lose their home:

Moreover, if the final judgment stands, plaintiff will receive property that, according to defendants, is valued at $650,000 for an approximate $65,000 investment. That is a factor that should have been taken into account when balancing the equities. See I.E.'s, L.L.C. v. Simmons, 392 N.J. Super. 520, 537 (Law Div. 2006) (tax sale certificate foreclosure system can be "Dickensian" where owners hold substantial equity in property. "Until the Legislature devises a better system, courts of equity must do their best to balance the equities, taking into account the necessity of allowing the transfer of clear title and the need to compel the payment of property taxes against the necessity of ameliorating, in appropriate circumstances, the onerous impact of the procedure").  Royal Tax Lien Services, LLC v Morodan, Appellate Division, Docket No. A-6030-12T1, July 3, 2014.

Here, the Chancery Judge McVeigh refused or failed to obey the above State case law.  Her actions violated the rights of the Defendant.  Thus, we have just provided proof that the conspirators and the County employees did in fact violated Defendant’s rights and broke State laws and the State Constitution that expressly prohibits the taking of private property for either private or public use without compensation is provided first.  A fully-owned $500,000-valued property suddenly became the property of a private entity in direct violation of Article I, paragraph 20 of the New Jersey Constitution.  These are disgraceful, as well as illegal acts; the Grand Jury was never informed, as the State and the County made sure that no such evidence was presented to them and prevented the Defendant from testifying and presenting this evidence and other testimony and physical corroborating evidence.

In summary, contrary to the fraudulent assertions of the State and County employees, no court had ever issued a Judgment for Possession as is required prior to obtaining a Writ of Possession.  And no compliance with the eviction notice requirements ever took place.  And the Writ of Possession fraudulently obtained by the conspirator Robert Del Vecchio did not include Metropolitan Environmental Services.  However, the Passaic County Sheriff did evict these business tenants without having a Writ of Removal or a Warrant for Removal.  The State has failed to provide any legal documents that the Judgment of Possession proceedings ever took place.  This proves beyond any doubt that Defendant’s possessory rights were violated by the Sheriff and the conspirators.

THE INDICTMENT MUST BE DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE BECAUSE THE FOUR (4) PLUS YEAR CASE DELAY DEPRIVED THE DEFENDANT OF HIS CONSTITUTIONALLY-GUARANTEED RIGHT TO A SPEEDY TRIAL CAUSING HIM SEVERE ECONOMIC AND NON-ECONOMIC HARDSHIP, LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSES, AND OTHER HARDSHIPS.  BARKER V. WINGO, 407 U.S. 514, 530, 92 S. CT. 2182, 2192, 33 L. ED. 101, 117 (1972), STATE V. CAHILL, 213 N.J. 253 (2013), STATE V. JONATHAN E. DOWNS, DOCKET NO. A-0, N.J. SUPERIOR COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FEBRUARY 14, 2014
A defendant has a right to a speedy trial.  U.S. Const., amend.VI; N.J. Const. art. I, ¶ 10.   New Jersey has adopted the four-prong test set forth in Barker v. Wingo, 407 U.S. 514 (1972), to determine whether a defendant’s right to a speedy trial has been violated. See State v. Szima, 70 N.J. 196, 200-01 (1976).
Courts should assess “four non-exclusive factors” to determine if a defendant’s constitutional speedy trial guarantees have been violated: “length of the delay, reason for the delay, assertion of the right by a defendant, and prejudice to the defendant” Id. at 264.; see also State v. Farrell, 320 N.J. Super. 425 (App. Div. 1999); State v. Tsetsekas, 411 N.J. Super. 1 (App. Div. 2009).  The four factors in Barker are (1) the length of the delay; (2) the reason for the delay; (3) the defendant’s assertion of his or her right; and (4) prejudice to the defendant. See Cahill, supra, 213 N.J. at 270. Due to the lack of a specified time period, courts must engage in a balancing process, subject to the specific facts and circumstances of each case.
“There is no set length of time that fixes the point at which delay is excessive.” State v. Tsetsekas, 411 N.J. Super. at 12.  In Cahill, the Court instructed that a gauge to a “presumptively prejudicial” delay is “the amount of time customarily required to dispose of similar charges.”  State v. Cahill, 213 N.J. at 265.
 The Cahill Court referred to New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Wilentz’s July 26, 1984 Directive #1-84 instructing that DWI charges be disposed of in 60 days. Id. at 269. The Court called the 60-day period a goal, not a “bright line rule.” Id. at 270.  However, the Court said, “90 to 120 days should be the norm for disposing of [DWI] cases.” Id. at 274. The Court further noted that a case that “approaches one year” is “presumptively prejudicial.” Id. at 265.  In Cahill, the Court called the 16-month delay “too long.” Id. at 277. Likewise, in State v. Tsetsekas, the Court found that 344 days, “more than five times the stated [Supreme Court] objective” … weighted heavily for the defense. State v. Tsetsekas, 411 N.J. Super. at 11.
In 2014, the New Jersey Joint Committee on Criminal Justice recommended that the Legislature enact a speedy trial act that sets forth time frames in which defendants must be indicted and brought to trial. If the defendant has been released pretrial, the complaint against that person would be dismissed without prejudice to it being refiled at a later time. After indictment, if a case is not tried within 180 days, an incarcerated defendant would be released. The indictment would be dismissed with prejudice after 365 days if the defendant is not in custody.  Source: Report of the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice, March 10, 2014.
The Defendant first asserted his right to speedy trial before Judge Filko and Judge Reddin in 2012.  At the time, the defense lawyers indicated to the courts that they should not enforce the Defendant’s right to speedy trial.  In any event, a defendant does not have an obligation to assert his right to a speedy trial because he is under no obligation to bring himself to trial. Id. at 266. Court delays are charged to the State, not to the Defendant. State v. Farrell, 320 N.J. Super. at 450-451.
A mere presence of court backlog or overcrowded case load is insufficient to justify delay by prosecution. United States v. Goeltz, 513 F. 2d 193, 197, (10th cir. 1975).  Here, this Court took almost 3 years to decide a Motion to Change Venue, instead of deciding it within 30 days or less.  These delays cannot possibly be attributed to the Defendant.  To the extent that the Defendant's counsel waived time or requested continuances, this would not be attributed to Defendant, due to counsel's actions contradicting the best interest of Defendant.  Regardless of Defendant being bound by counsel's actions, defense continuances don't excuse lengthy delays in the disposition of a case. United States v. Lam, 251 F. 3d 852 (9th Cir. 2001).
The court instructed in State v. Farrell, “prejudice to a defendant resulting from delay is no longer confined to inability to defend on the merits. Prejudice can also be found from employment interruptions, public obloquy, anxieties concerning the continued and unresolved prosecution and the like.” State v. Farrell, 320 N.J. Super. at 452.
Likewise, the Court in Tsetsakas recognized that “significant prejudice may also arise when the delay causes the loss of employment or other opportunities, humiliation, the anxiety in awaiting disposition of the pending charges, the drain in finances incurred for payment of counsel or expert witness fees and the other costs and inconveniences far in excess of what would have been reasonable under more acceptable circumstances. State v. Tsetsekas, 411 N.J. Super. at 13.
Here, defendant has suffered very significant losses of employment, as employers performed background checks and refused to hire defendant, even after they made employment offers.  In addition, defendant lost several professional licenses due to the outstanding charges, leading to further economic losses.  Defendant also has not been able to obtain state licenses (including the Licensed Site Remediation Professional license) to do professional work because of the pending, unresolved charges.  Several New Jersey licensing boards even denied defendant the application to sit for exams, causing defendant to lose very significant business and/or employment opportunities.  The net result of these prolonged delays is potentially multi-million dollars in economic damages.
As a professional expert engineer, defendant has also suffered irreparable reputation loss that essentially destroyed his career that he worked many decades to build. 

DEFENDANT HAS DISCOVERED SOME NEW EXPLOSIVE INFORMATION.

Corporal Ronald Lucas was not the officer looking through my side window on June 28, 2011.  That man was a young officer without facial hair.
Now I have obtained the picture of Ronald Lucas (see attached) and it shows an old man in his 50s.  That man has a shoulder brace, after his shoulder injury that he claims he suffered when he jumped from the porch.
I have found out that Lucas has retired from the Sheriff (due to his disability) and he obtained a part time job as a security guard at Pequannock High School.
This twist of events explain as to why Lucas could not get his story straight and why he made so many revisions.
We need to find out the name of the young officer who rode with Victor D’Agostino that day.   Obviously this young officer decided not to lie and Ron Lucas took his place instead.

We need to find out as to where Lucas actually fell.  There must be some testimony or some eye witness testimony that we can figure this out.  This man (Lucas) played football during high school (and afterwards) and I would not be surprised if he had injured his shoulder from sports.

These are all bomb shells!!!
LETTER FROM JUDGE MCGEADY, DATED JANUARY 17, 2014
The prosecutor commented on the lack of probable cause found by Judge McGeady.  This was misleading for the Court (De la Carrera), as McGeady later suggested that I write to the prosecutors to appeal the probable cause determination.  Please see his letter dated January 2014.

When I filed criminal charges against these individuals, there was not criminal proceeding against them.  That is perhaps the reason McGeady did not find probable cause at the time.  When I submitted new evidence at a later time, he sent me the attached letter suggesting to resubmit the case.

RULE 3:12. Defendant's Obligation To Provide Notice
The Defendant hereby serves written notice on the prosecutor that he intends to rely on the following defenses:
Ignorance or Mistake, 2C:2-4(c);
Duress, 2C:2-9(a);
Entrapment, 2C:2-12(b);
General Principles of Justification, 2C:3-1 to 2C:3-11;
3:12-1. Notice Under Specific Criminal Code Provisions
A defendant shall serve written notice on the prosecutor if the defendant intends to rely on any of the following sections of the Code of Criminal Justice: Ignorance or Mistake, 2C:2-4(c); Accomplice: Renunciation Terminating Complicity, 2C:2-6(e)(3); Intoxication, 2C:2-8(d); Duress, 2C:2-9(a); Entrapment, 2C:2-12(b); General Principles of Justification, 2C:3-1 to 2C:3-11; Insanity, 2C:4-1; Lack of Requisite State of Mind, 2C:4-2; Criminal Attempt (renunciation of criminal purpose), 2C:5-1(d); Conspiracy (renunciation of criminal purpose), 2C:5-2(e); Murder (affirmative defense, felony murder), 2C:11-3(a)(3); Criminal Restraint, 2C:13-2(b); Theft by Extortion, 2C:20-5; Perjury (retraction), 2C:28-1(d); False Swearing (retraction), 2C:28-2(b); Controlled Dangerous Substances Near or On School Property, 2C:35-7; and Distributing, Dispensing or Possessing Controlled Substances Within 500 Feet of Public Housing Facilities, Parks or Buildings, 2C:35-7.1.
No later than seven days before the arraignment/status conference the defendant shall serve on the prosecutor a notice of intention to claim any of the defenses listed herein; and if the defendant requests or has received discovery pursuant to R.  3:13-3(b)(1), the defendant shall, pursuant to R. 3:13-3(b)(2) , furnish the prosecutor with discovery pertaining to such defenses at the time the notice is served. If, however, the arraignment/status conference was held within 28 days of indictment pursuant to R. 3:9-1(c), the defendant shall serve such notice on the prosecutor, along with the pertinent discovery, by a date to be determined by the trial judge, except in no event later than 14 days after the date of the arraignment/status conference.  The prosecutor shall, within 14 days after receipt of such discovery, comply with R. 3:13-3(b)(1) and (f) with respect to any defense for which the prosecutor has received notice.
For good cause shown the court may extend the time of service of any of the foregoing, or make such other orders as the interest of justice requires. If a party fails to comply with this Rule, the court may take such action as the interest of justice requires. The action taken may include refusing to allow the party in default to present witnesses in support or in opposition of that defense at the trial or to allow the granting of an adjournment or delay during trial as the interest of justice demands.
CONCLUSION
For the foregoing reasons and authorities cited, the defendant Basilis N. Stephanatos respectfully submits that the indictment must be dismissed with prejudice.  Defendant also requests the specific relief delineated in the Omnibus Motions, including the cross examination of Officers Lucas and D’Agostino at a hearing to prove that their testimony before the grand jury was false, fraudulent and intentionally misleading.  Additionally, there must be a hearing on the motion to suppress.  Defendant will testify that his doors were all closed and locked with a deadbolt and that the two officers performed an unlawful search inside his dwelling in violation of his constitutionally guaranteed rights and in violation of state law prohibiting peering inside residences.  See Exhibit D for a similar situation in West Milford, to see how the sheriff employees behave in these matters. 
The state has admitted in proceedings before Judge Filko that the sheriff’s officers did not have a Warrant from a Law Division Judge.  They only had an ex-parte Writ issued pursuant to a void possession judgment issued by a Mercer County Chancery judge who had no subject matter jurisdiction over land possession matters.  Thus, they were illegally attempting to remove defendant from his dwelling while working as agents for convicted criminals Robert Del Vecchio, ATF, et. al.  Defendant incorporates herein his prior submissions to this Court.
                                                                        Respectfully submitted,
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Miles Feinstein, Esq.
Attorney for defendant                                   
Basilis N. Stephanatos
Dated: March 1, 2016

ORDER TO DISMISS

Having found that the State failed to bring the instant case to conclusion of trial within the time allowed by law and Judicial Rules, this Court acknowledges that the State denied Defendant's right to a speedy trial.  This Court therefore now orders the immediate dismissal with prejudice of all charges in the instant case against the Defendant, the immediate discharge and liberation of the Defendant from bail, the return of all of Defendant's property, the immediate repair at State’s expense of all damage done to Defendant and Defendant's property during or consequent to the arrest and incarceration, immediate payment by the Plaintiff of all storage, impound, and other fees for Defendant's business instruments and other property encumbered as a consequence of Defendant's arrest, the transportation of Defendant by Defendant's choice of public or private automobile, or other public conveyance to Defendant's dwelling place at State’s sole expense, the immediate writing and hand delivery to Defendant of a  formal apology by the prosecutor in the instant case for violating Defendant's Constitutionally guaranteed right to a speedy trial, for which let execution issue forthwith.

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Judge Miguel De la Carrera                                        Date Ordered

















EXHIBIT A
COPIES OF THE ORIGINAL COMPLAINTS FILED BY LUCAS AND D’AGOSTINO











EXHIBIT B
LEGAL FORMS USED BY THE PASSAIC COUNTY COURTS TO ADJUDICATE THE ISSUE OF PROPERTY POSSESSION IN THIS COUNTY












EXHIBIT C
LETTER FROM JUDGE MCGEADY, DATED JANUARY 17, 2014








EXHIBIT D
SIMILAR CASE IN WEST MILFORD, NEW JERSEY AS WAS REPORTED BY THE PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF TO THE MEDIA
Source: http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime-and-courts/police-blotters/man-hospitalized-and-arrested-when-eviction-goes-sour-in-west-milford-1.1274515
Here is a similar case in West Milford.  It is almost identical to my case:  D’Agostino arrived, I would not answer the door and then he (D’Agostino) called for backup.  Then they did a search, etc.  Just read the Sheriff’s release.  It is very telling.

Man hospitalized and arrested when eviction goes sour in West Milford
February 19, 2015    Last updated: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 10:52 AM
By BRYAN LA PLACA
Staff Writer | 
Suburban Trends
MILFORD - A "routine" home eviction turned into a police standoff that sent one man to the hospital yesterday morning, according to the Passaic County Sheriff's Office.
As reported in a release from Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, at 8:24 a.m. on Feb. 18, county sheriff's officer Victor D'Agostino went to a Louis Avenue residence "to conduct an eviction."
The release states that the eviction was based on a Superior Court order due to mortgage non-payment. Authorities identified the owner of the residence as Piper Glass.
Two vehicles were in the driveway, including one owned by Glass, but no one would answer the door when D'Agostino arrived, according to the release.
The officer then called for backup, and county officers Sgt. Scott Slekis, Chris Patacco, and Liram Kaba responded along with several West Milford Police Department officers.
Berdnik said the officers investigated further and determined that Joseph Ferrell, another occupant of the house, had two active Passaic County Superior Court warrants due to an alleged violation of probation and outstanding child support payments amounting to $40,520. Ferrell is Glass' boyfriend, he added.
More than three hours after the eviction attempt began, officers reportedly saw Ferrell looking out a sliding glass door in the rear of the residence, "which because of the foreclosure should have been empty," states the release.
D'Agostino then ordered Ferrell to exit the house. Ferrell and Glass complied, coming out on the rear patio.
Several officers responded to assist behind the home, and Ferrell was taken into custody.
Berdnik said that as Ferrell was being transported to the Passaic County Jail, he started to complain that he could not breathe and was having chest pains. A West Milford officer administered oxygen, and an ambulance was called to the scene.
A West Milford officer then escorted Ferrell in an ambulance to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson. Ferrell was subsequently released.
Berdnik said, "In this case, a routine enforcement of a court-ordered eviction led to the arrest of an individual who was not fulfilling his child support responsibilities and had several outstanding warrants."
Email: laplaca@northjersey.com
Source: http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime-and-courts/police-blotters/man-hospitalized-and-arrested-when-eviction-goes-sour-in-west-milford-1.1274515





[1]            N.J.S.A. 2C:3-6(a) and (c) provide that the justification for the use of force in defense either of premises or personal property is “subject to the provisions of this section and of section 2C:3-9.”  If any issues arise pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:3-9(a) or (c) in a given case, the model jury charges for those  subsections should be given after the other “provisions of this section” are explained but before the jury is instructed on the burden of proof. 
[2]           N.J.S.A. 2C:1-14 (j).  The definitions of reckless and negligent states of mind contained in N.J.S.A.  2C: 2-2 (b) (3) and (4) should be included at this point if they have not been charged previously in connection with the offense(s) charged.
[3]           State v. Kelly, 97 N.J. 178, 198 (1984).
[4]           N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3a.
[1] 2A:39-1 Unlawful entry prohibited. With regard to any real property occupied solely as a residence by the party in possession, such entry shall not be made in any manner without the consent of the party in possession unless the entry and detention is made pursuant to legal process as set out in N.J.S.2A:18-53 et seq., as amended and supplemented; P.L.1974, c.49 (C.2A:18-61.1 et al.), as amended and supplemented; P.L.1975, c.311 (C.2A:18-61.6 et al.), as amended and supplemented; P.L.1978, c.139 (C.2A:18-61.6 et al.), as amended and supplemented; the "Tenant Protection Act of 1992," P.L.1991, c.509 (C.2A:18-61.40 et al.); or N.J.S.2A:35-1 et seq. and "The Fair Eviction Notice Act," P.L.1974, c.47 (C.2A:42-10.15 et al.).





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Office of the Passaic County Sheriff
William Maer
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Paterson, NJ 07502
bmaer@pcsheriff.org
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RE:  Perjury and Conspiracy Charges Against Ronald Lucas, Victor D'Agostino. et al.





Dear Mr. Maer and Sheriff Berdnik:
I am following up my yesterday's correspondence.
There are news reports that the Chancery Judge Margaret McVeigh has been issuing judgments of possession without having subject matter jurisdiction.  As you should know, the land possession issues are the subject matter of the Law Division.  As a result, the allegations claim that you have caused millions of damages to homeowners and tenants by evicting innocent tenants and homeowners.  You are charged with executing Writs of Possession issued by Chancery Courts, which is against the law.

Do you know that judgments issued by courts that have no subject matter jurisdiction are void and they have no effect?  They are considered a legal nullity.

You can read more here.

SHOCKING! Complaint for lack of ethics or competency against Judges Mary C. Jacobson and Margaret McVeigh of NJ
Do you have anything to say?  We would like to know your response prior to issuing our own investigative report.

Thank you for consideration.

Allison Brown allisonbrown26@aol.com




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To: bmaer <bmaer@pcsheriff.org>; rberdnik <rberdnik@pcsheriff.org>
Sent: Wed, Mar 2, 2016 4:10 pm
Subject: Perjury and Conspiracy Charges Against Ronald Lucas, Victor D'Agostino. et al.




Office of the Passaic County Sheriff
William Maer
Media Information & OPRA Processing Unit
11 Sheriff's Plaza
Paterson, NJ 07502
bmaer@pcsheriff.org
973-389-5900

RE:  Perjury and Conspiracy Charges Against Ronald Lucas, Victor D'Agostino. et al.

Dear Mr. Maer:

We are working on a story that has appeared in the social media recently regarding conspiracy and perjury charges against Ronald Lucas, Victor D'Agostino and others.  These two Passaic County sheriff officers created a conspiracy, fabricated evidence and lied at the grand jury to cover up their illegal and/or criminal acts.  For more, please see these links:


RONALD A. LUCAS USED PERJURED TESTIMONY AND FALSE, FABRICATED OR FRAUDULENT EVIDENCE TO MISLEAD THE GRAND JURORS AND HELP INDICT AN INNOCENT HOMEOWNER http://metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/03/ronald-lucas-use-of-perjured-testimony.html



@Passaic_Sheriff SHOCKING! CORRUPT PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF FILED FRAUDULENT CHARGES AGAINST INNOCENT HOMEOWNER http://metroforensics.blogspot.com/2016/02/explosive-passaic-county-sheriff_8.html






The reports accuse the Passaic County Sheriff of cover-up, and destruction of evidence.
Do you have any comments to make prior to us releasing our investigative report?
Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
Allison Brown allisonbrown26@aol.com