UNION COUNTY – A former Plainfield municipal court judge received a $103,000 settlement to resolve allegations that her civil rights were violated.
Paulette Brown filed a civil suit alleging that she was arrested by police in Fanwood on Nov. 12, 2006 for a warrant erroneously issued on June 6, 2001 by the Plainfield Municipal Court. According to Brown’s suit, the warrant arose from a criminal trespass matter than had been dismissed in 1997 and she was never notified that it had been issued.
Brown’s lawsuit alleged that even though Plainfield’s court administrator acknowledged the warrant was issued erroneously, she was forced to go before a judge and defend herself at a hearing before it was rescinded. She also alleged that her $75 bail fee had not been refunded at the time the suit was filed.
According to the court documents published online by New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project Chairman John Paff, Plainfield paid $100,000 and Fanwood paid $3,000 to settle the allegations. The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by either municipality or by any of their officials, and none of the allegations in the suit were proven or disproven in court.
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