A suspended New Jersey judge has pleaded not guilty to charges that she hindered the search for a suspected armed robber.

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State Superior Court Judge Carlia Brady entered the plea Wednesday during a court hearing in Somerville. The case was transferred to Somerset County because the 41-year-old Brady served on the bench in Middlesex County, where the arrest occurred earlier this month.

Brady allegedly harbored suspected armed robber Jason Prontnicki in her Woodbridge home for about an hour. Authorities have said Prontnicki is Brady's "live-in companion."

Brady was suspended without pay following her arrest. She had started serving on the bench in April.

She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Prontnicki was charged with armed robbery and weapons offenses. He remained jailed Wednesday on $100,000 bail.

 

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