Legal Battle Continues Regarding Police Perjury and Robbery -- Ocean County, NJ
On May 6, New Jersey businessman Morton Schneider returns to Municipal Court to memorialize police misconduct. The legal battle began in 2003 after a raid by Toms River Police and the Ocean County Narcotics Strike Force on the Schneider home. Schneider has proof that during that raid, the police planted evidence, vandalized the home, and robbed Schneider’s wife of $25,000 of cash and jewelry.
On March 31, Superior Court Judge Barbara A. Villano of Ocean County, upheld a search warrant despite a glaring inconsistency between Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator Sandra Rodriquez’s sworn statement (attestation) and the evidence sheet. Investigator Rodriquez swore that several brown glass vials with white powder presumed to be cocaine were recovered from the Schneider home as a result of a warrant-less search on April 22, 2003. These vials are not on her evidence sheet and Schneider contends that they never existed; Schneider contends that Rodriguez used the allegation of cocaine merely as an excuse to get the search warrant to justify the warrantless search and the alleged recovery of planted evidence.
On May 6, Rodriquez will have to take the stand to explain these inconsistencies as well other allegations of police wrongdoing.
Schneider has steadfastly contended that the raid on his home was an attempt by police to silence Schneider, whose son witnessed a murder by still unnamed Toms River Police in Lavallette a month prior to the raid on his home. The evidence confirming police misconduct is overwhelming, according to Schneider. His documentation includes evidence of perjury by police officers in testimony and official documents. Ocean County prosecutors have glossed over these glaring transgressions by police in their attempts to cover up Toms River police involvement in the Kushinski murder, Schneider asserts.
Schneider has to date demanded and been denied a trial for more than 5 years and has encountered numerous procedural obstacles by the local courts and prosecutors in his quest to expose the collusion between the Ocean County police, prosecutor’s office and judges.
“The misconduct by police, prosecutors and the judiciary has been a nightmare,” Schneider said. “but what makes this matter worse is that these crimes against us appear to be business as usual in Toms River.”
The Schneiders have endured repeated acts of harassment by the police, the judges and the township in their long and costly struggle to bring the truth to light.
On May 6, he hopes to have his day in court.
On March 31, Schneider refused a plea bargain offered by the prosecutor’s office.
“I will not accept a plea,” he said. “I intend to expose the truth.”
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