Articles Posted in Civil Rights/§ 1983 Litigation

Despite promising the Court in September to “respond the same as I always do” to Khari Noerdlinger’s motion to dismiss the remaining charges against him due to prosecutorial misconduct and perjury in his grand jury, Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Grootenboer of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office did quite the opposite this week: she refused to respond to Mr. Noerdlinger’s allegations and instead simply re-indicted Mr. Noerdlinger on the minor charges still in existence – presumably without the problems of the massive perjury which fouled the last indictment.  By tossing out the indictment and refiling the same charges, the Prosecutor’s Office actually believes it can avoid having to explain away the massive perjury and misconduct which permeated the original indictment filed nearly two years ago against Mr. Noerdlinger and attempt a fresh start in this case – despite the fact that Mr. Noerdlinger was damaged by the false public accusations from Grootenboer that he was a killer and a drug dealer all this time.  It was only when the Bergen County Prosecutor was shown the misconduct of Grootenboer and the perjury of case detective James Costello that the manslaughter charge was dismissed.  However, simply telling the Court that it “will not be filing a response to defendant’s motion to dismiss,” will not put an end to our inquiry and attorneys Jeffrey Lichtman and Lee Vartan will continue their efforts to dismiss the remaining charges against Mr. Noerdlinger as well as filing a lawsuit against Grootenboer, Costello and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for the deprivation of Mr. Noerdlinger’s civil rights.  Only in this way will the people of Bergen County see the true face of the prosecutors who have sworn to protect them. Continue reading

jl-KHARI-SEP-22-300x235 Nineteen months after charging Khari Noerdlinger with manslaughter and describing him as a violent drug dealer, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office has dismissed the charge and admitted that Noerdlinger was not involved in a drug deal during an attack on him which left him injured and one of his three attackers dead.  A review of the grand jury transcript revealed that the Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor and case detective worked together to deceive the grand jury about the danger facing Khari when he was attacked by three men with weapons including multiple knives as well as the injuries he suffered during it – all in an effort to negate any legitimate claim of self-defense the grand jury repeatedly asked about.  During this 19 month period, there was apparently no oversight in the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and it took the defense to carefully lay out the obvious perjury in the grand jury presentation in order to get the faulty manslaughter charge dismissed.  All of the materials provided by defense attorneys Jeffrey Lichtman and Lee Vartan which proved the commission of perjury were in the possession of the prosecutors and provided to the defense as part of routine discovery disclosure.  Despite the obvious subornation of perjury by the Assistant Prosecutor, Danielle Grootenboer, and the perjury of the testifying case detective, James Costello, they have not been suspended and continue to menace the people of Bergen County.  No apology, additionally, has been issued by the Bergen County Prosecutor for the perjury which led to the bogus manslaughter indictment as well as the repeated false public claim that Khari was dealing drugs at the time of the incident. Continue reading

Last week, the Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman along with the Law Office of Marc Fernich filed a notice of claim against the New York City Police Department on behalf of the wife and mother of George Tillman, charging wrongful death and excessive force by the NYPD officers who gunned Mr. Tillman down after he was initially spotted drinking from an open container in Queens in April of this year.  Chasing Mr. Tillman down the street, multiple police officers opened fire when they claimed Mr. Tillman pulled a gun on them.  Not a single, non-police witness has claimed Mr. Tillman possessed a weapon that night and no one present at the scene heard officers scream at Mr. Tillman to drop any gun.  Instead, the officers opened fire, hitting him with more than 10 shots – without a single shot fired by Mr. Tillman.  Continue reading

George Tillman was buried this past Saturday after an emotional funeral at the New Jerusalem Worship Center in Jamaica, Queens.  George was shot 13 times, including once in the head, after multiple members of the NYPD approached him during an investigation of an open container of alcohol on April 17.  The Tillman family and friends of George expressed their outrage during the funeral whose speakers included State Senator Leroy Comrie, representatives of the National Action Network and activist Erica Ford of LIFE Camp, Inc.  “There are no words that can bring comfort and solace to you,” said Comrie to the Tillman family.  “Something that never should have happened, happened.” Continue reading

tillmanThe family of George Tillman has hired the Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman and the Law Office of Marc Fernich to investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing of Mr. Tillman by four NYPD officers during the early morning hours of April 17, 2016.  Following this investigation, a civil rights lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 may also be filed against the NYPD.  George was shot 13 times, including once in the head and in the back, after officers claimed they approached him during an investigation for having an open container and he raised a gun towards them. Eyewitnesses who are not associated with the NYPD claim that George never raised a gun toward the police.

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