People in our neighborhood are just starting to hear about the Roger Mauro Jr. hearing last Friday (May 18, 2012) and I want to be careful to distinguish between the case facts and my opinions as to the breakdown of the prosecution. Much of my information comes from the brief filed by the Cumberland County Prosecutors Office stored at http://sdrv.ms/KQURB4. I reviewed and annotated it noting many of the prosecutorial irregularities and breakdowns.
Bottom line is that a man with an admitted daily history of alcohol and drug abuse for several decades is still on the road despite three arrests for DUI, assault by vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to submit a sobriety test, and other offenses. He still has a license and drives today.
All charges have been dismissed based in the failure of prosecutors to act in a timely manner. We believe that the Sotamayer case and the Mauro case – as well as other less publicized cases – indicate a systematic problem with drunk driving in Cumberland County. It does appear that with the right lawyer and the right influence, it is possible to devise a legal strategy that may avoid any type of prosecution whatsoever and allow
New Jersey law lets drivers accused of drunken driving stay on roads and do it again