NEW BRUNSWICK – The state corruption case against Assemblyman Joseph Vas and two co-defendants has been transferred to Monmouth because one of the defendants is related to a New Brunswick judge.
Judge Linda Feinberg transferred the trials of Vas and co-defendants Melvin Ramos and Anthony Jones because Ramos is related by marriage to Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves, Ramos’ lawyer said.
Vas is accused of multiple counts of conspiracy, official misconduct, money laundering and theft. He was due to appear in court in New Brunswick on July 27, but that date has been cancelled. A new date will be scheduled after the case is assigned to a Monmouth County judge, according to the state Attorney General’s office.
Unless the defendants request to be tried in Middlesex County, all proceedings will be held in Monmouth County.
Vas, who served as Perth Amboy’s mayor until he was defeated in a re-election bid last year, also faces federal corruption charges. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.
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