Calls Increase To Remove NJ Judges In Controversial Rape Cases

July 11, 2019 - 5:09 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Calls are increasing to remove two New Jersey judges involved in controversial rape cases.

Monmouth County Judge James Troiano declined to try a teenage boy accused of rape as an adult because he said "the boy came from a good family and was enrolled in an excellent school."

In a seperate case, Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Marcia Silva ruled that a different 16-year-old boy, accused of raping a 12-year-old girl, should not be tried as an adult because "the victim did not suffer any physical or emotional injuries as a result, other than the ramifications of losing her virginity."

State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, a former judge himself, said the conduct of both Troiano and Silva is alarming and they should resign or be removed.

Middlesex State Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin says these two examples are why her bill, which would provide judges and court officers specific training to deal with rape and domestic abuse cases, should become law.

"I just get so frustrated when I read one more story," Pinkin said. "So many times we read over and over again that somebody goes to court, they are released or people don't understand the issue."