Reporting David Madden
By David Madden
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) - A South Jersey legislator has seen drunk driving and other charges against him dismissed. The cop who wrote those tickets now faces criminal charges of his own.
Gloucester County prosecutors decided to drop the charges against Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, given the indictment pending against Washington Township officer Joseph DiBuonaventura who is accused of official misconduct and records tampering in stopping Moriarty along the Black Horse Pike last July.
“I was falsely accused, falsely arrested, and my civil rights were violated,” Moriarty said.
Videotape from the officer’s cruiser suggests the stop should have never occurred.
Moriarty sees this as one more step toward clearing his name.
“I’m just thankful and relieved that I’ve been exonerated of any of these charges and that what I have been saying from day one has come to pass.”
DiBuonaventura is on unpaid leave from his job as the case against him plays itself out.