Even though Curley’s legal gymnastics to keep the report of his sexual harassment and bigotry secret was ruled to have no basis, Judge Martinotti ruled that Genova is entitled to get paid by the taxpayers.
Genova should be awarded no more than $2600, the maximum allowable contribution to Curley’s reelection campaign. Curley’s lawsuit was all about his reelection prospects. He even charged his ride to Court in Trenton to his campaign.
In their opposition to disgraced Curley’s contempt motion, Monmouth County argued that Curley did not have “clean hands” in the matter.
Curley, through his attorney, Genova, was arguing that the County violated a Consent Temporary Restraining Order which sealed Justice Mary Catherine Cuff’s report of her investigation into Curley’s atrocious behavior toward employees, constituents and elected officials in their Censure and Reprimand Resolution. The County argued that they did not violate the seal; that the information in the Censure Resolution did not originate in Cuff’s report. They further argued that Curley himself violated the seal and thus “did not have clean hands.”
In his Opinion dismissing all 12 counts of Curley’s federal lawsuit but finding Monmouth County in contempt of the TRO, Judge Martinotti said that the County did not provide evidence that Curley did not have clean hands.
But they did. Judge Martinotti must have missed it.
Judge Martinotti ruled that the sanction of the contempt is that Monmouth County taxpayers foot Genova’s bill to Curley for the Contempt Motion. The amount of the bill will be determined by the Judge after Genovoa and the County file papers on the matter in August.
Curley himself will not get any money from the contempt sanction. The taxpayers of Monmouth County will pay Genova for his work trying to keep Curley’s bad behavior a secret
The County could appeal. They might win. They might lose. But either way, taxpayers lose. The County’s legal fees defending Curley’s lawsuit, which Judge Martinotti ruled was baseless, are already over $250,000.
Genova’s bill should be limited to $2600. That’s the legal amount that anyone can contribute to Curley’s reelection campaign.
Curley’s lawsuit was all about his reelection prospects. Genova made that argument himself in the lawsuit. Curley reported his transportation expense to Court in Trenton as a campaign expense on a report withe the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission. If Curley’s lawsuit is a campaign expense, which it obviously is, only he can spend more than $2600 on legal fees for a suit that he brought.