Richard Willis, 53, was convicted of brutally raping a heroin-addicted prostitute in his car in Plainfield in 2006. Supreme Court says jury should not have heard a different woman testify that he tried to rape her years earlier.
On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the re-nomination of New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, after a deal brokered by the offices of Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney that broke a logjam over high court nominees.
A newly released report by the state Supreme Court's Joint Committee on Criminal Justice recommends that New Jersey judges be awarded the discretion to deny bail to defendants who pose a danger to the community.
The New Jersey Bar Association is urging the reappointment of the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, telling Gov. Chris Christie that a refusal to rename him would represent "an unprecedented intrusion of politics" into the judiciary.