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Manslaughter Case Assumed by County Prosecutor

Robert Bianchi is handling the prosecution of Vanessa Brown, charged with killing Ralph Politi Jr. in alleged DWI crash in May.

The Morris County prosecutor has announced he is assuming the prosecution of another high-profile case, even though his five-year term was up in June.

Vanessa Brown, a Parsippany resident charged with manslaughter for allegedly killing an elected Board of Education official from East Hanover in a DWI crash in May, will be prosecuted by Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi himself, according to a report by The Star-Ledger.

Bianchi told a judge Monday he is assuming the prosecution of the case after the assistant prosecutor who had been handling the case left for a job with a private firm. According to the report, Bianchi told the judge he has managed the prosecution from the start, has been in touch with the family of Ralph Politi Jr., the East Hanover businessman and Hanover Park Regional Board of Education member killed in the crash, and will work with another assistant prosecutor on the case.

Bianchi another alleged DWI crash that killed Mount Arlington Police Officer Joseph Wargo.

Bianchi is assuming the cases even though his term technically ended June 22. The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet considered Gov. Chris Christie's nominee for the next Morris County prosecutor, Fredric Knapp, who was nominated in June. The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday, but Knapp's nomination is not on the agenda.

Christie's deputy press secretary has said the governor "continues to fully support" Knapp, a founding member of the law firm Knapp, Trimboli & Prusinowski in Florham Park, "and hopes he will receive a fair, open hearing and an up or down vote."

According to the Star-Ledger, a status conference on the case against Brown is scheduled for the end of January, and likely will be followed by hearings on whether Brown's record and statements she made to police can be used as evidence.

midnite54 December 11, 2012 at 01:17 PM
this guy has to go, he is grand standng on all high profile cases he can get his hands on. he has a whole staff of attorneys and he has to try the cases. who runs the office while he has his fun? the only cases he trys are the slam dunk ones. get rid of him gov.
The Good Guy December 11, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I really honestly wonder what it will take for people to realize that if you drink, even 1 drink, you MUST NOT drive. My thought is that cars should be fitted with an breathalyzer that monitors the driver's breath and if it exceeds the legal amount, the vehicle doesn't start. Get rid of the ridiculous TPMS systems and add this instead. Maybe than there wouldn't be useless deaths and accidents related to drinking and driving.

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