Monmouth County Dems Falsely Allege That Red Bank Council Candidate Sean DiSomma Has Warrant Out His For Arrest
Asbury Park Press and NJ.com get the story wrong with lazy, reckless reporting
MMM was able to confirm this information during about a half hour of investigating. The Asbury Park Press and NJ.com apparently took Vin Gopal’s word and the documentation he supplied as sufficient evidence before writing reckless and inaccurate stories about DiSomma.
Read this post carefully is you care about the truth of this matter. We lay it out carefully:
Gopal issued the following statement shortly before 5PM this evening:
Statement Regarding Active Arrest Warrant out for Sean Di Somma
The following is a statement from the Monmouth County Democrats regarding the active arrest Warrant out for Red Bank Council Candidate Sean Di Somma:
“Mr. Di Somma wants to talk about fiscal responsibility and transparency but voters have a right to know that an active warrant has been issued for his arrest since 2011 in the State of Texas for a speeding issue. Mr. Di Somma, who only registered to vote in October of 2012 in Red Bank and has documentation that he resided in Bergen County as late as April of 2013, is now asking residents in Red Bank to trust him with their tax dollars.
We don’t know anyone running for public office, at any time, Democrat or Republican, who has had an active warrant out for their arrest and is at the same time asking voters to trust them with their vote. Mr. Di Somma either didn’t know about the warrant or chose not to pay for it – both are equally disturbing for someone who wants to handle our tax dollars. The residents of Red Bank have a right to know who is on their ballot.
Mr. Di Somma, who has lived in Red Bank for less than 1 year, is now questioning the transparency of the Red Bank Council? Maybe he should start by telling Red Bank residents which laws he will choose to follow and which ones he won’t.
Copy of warrant can be given if requested.
Outstanding Warrants can be verified here –
Case Number C19-004298-07
A visit to the site linked in Gopal’s statement revealed no warrant. The site indicated that DiSomma’s traffic violation was running a stop sign, not speeding, as Gopal’s statement indicated.
MMM requested that Gopal send a copy of the warrant, as offered in his statement. He sent a WARRANT OF ARREST NOTICE that reads, in part:
“This letter is to inform you that a WARRANT OF ARREST may be issued if you do not resolve this matter. (emphasis added)
“The following may result when a WARRANT OF ARREST is issued: (emphasis added)
The WARRANT OF ARREST NOTICE can be viewed here.
MMM called the Dallas Police Department. The officer who answered the phone confirmed that Dallas issues WARRANTS OF ARREST NOTICES that are not arrest warrants. He said that if DiSomma was stopped by the police in Dallas and such a notice was in the system, that DiSomma would not be arrested. The officer would not confirm DiSomma’s specific status, but referred us to the Sheriff’s Department Warrant Division. The Warrant Division referred us to the Warrant Section of DallasCityHall.com
Here’s what we found on DallasCityHall.com. Note that the site says (Warrants will appear in red) and “*Notice: A $60.00 fee will be added to each citation that goes into warrant status.”
The citation search duplicated the information posted above and again here: Note that Warrant Type is “N/A,” and is not in red, as the previous page said it would be if there was an arrest warrant issued. There is no $60 fee, as the previous page said there would be if an arrest warrant had been issued.
When asked about the issue prior to a press conference in Red Bank this evening, DiSomma said he remembered the violation and paying the fine. He said he has received no notice from Dallas regarding the fines due or a warrant for his arrest. DiSomma paid the fine online this evening and said he would seek a refund if he can locate the documentation that establishes that his recollection of paying the fine in 2011 is accurate. He provided MMM with documentation that the fines had been paid tonight.
The Monmouth County Democrats, Vin Gopal, and the Red Bank Democrats owe Sean DiSomma a public apology. The Asbury Park Press and NJ.com owe DiSomma a front page retraction and an acknowledgement of their sloppy reporting.