Arnone Calls For Curley to Resign
U.S. District Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti dismissed all 12 counts of disgraced Freeholder John P. Curley’s lawsuit against Monmouth County today, ruling that Curley failed to make a legal claim.
Curley sued Monmouth County, his fellow freeholders, County Counsel Michael Fitzgerald and County Administrator Teri O’Connor last December, claiming that the investigation employee sexual harassment complaints against him and his subsequent censure by the Freeholder Board violated his Constitutional rights to free speech, due process, and property rights to his elected office. Judge Martinotti ruled that the defendants did not violate Curley’s Constitutional rights, and that he does not own his office. Judge Martinotti further ruled that Curley’s claim of reputational damage which would negatively impact his chance to be reelected is without merit.
Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone immediately called upon Curley to resign.
“Today’s decision by the Federal Court was a repudiation of Curley’s claims, all 12 counts were dismissed. Suing the county is a tactic Curley turned to when trying to justify his offensive language and abusive behavior,” Arnone said in a written statement.
“We regret that we had to use precious taxpayers’ dollars to defend standing up for our employees and values,” Arnone continued. “Now that the Court dismissed Curley’s lawsuit, the Freeholder Board calls on him to do the right thing for our employees and our constituents and publicly apologize and resign.”
Judge Martinotti held Monmouth County in contempt for releasing or paraphrasing parts of the investigative report into Curley’s behavior, which he ruled was a violation of the Consent Order agreed to by the parties. Judge Martinotti said that Curley should be compensated for his legal fees as a sanction for the contempt.
Monmouth County officials declined to say of they intended to appeal the contempt ruling.
Curley has until August 24 to submit his legals and to file an amended suit, according to the federal Court Order.
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Judge Martinotti’s Order and Opinion can be found below:7-25-18 ORDER