In October 2012, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey filed an amicus curiae brief in support of thirteen plaintiffs who had been wrongfully convicted on false charges that were brought against them by the Camden Police Department. The plaintiffs brought suit pursuant to New Jersey’s New Jersey Mistaken Conviction Act after having fallen victim to a widespread drug-planting scheme by several Camden Police Officers. The Department of Treasury filed a motion for summary judgment, contending that because the plaintiffs plead guilty, they forfeited their right to compensation under the statute. The ACLU-NJ argued that the plaintiffs should not be considered ineligible for compensation simply because they pleaded guilty, particularly given the egregious nature of the officers’ misconduct. In December, 2012, the judge denied the Department of Treasury’s motion for summary judgment on the issue of eligibility after guilty plea.
- Mills: Amicus Brief (799 KB pdf)