Criminal Judge Says Arson Case Was Illegally Wrested From Him
Weisenbeck and Volkert referred a request for comment to judiciary spokeswoman Winnie Comfort, who would not address Gannon's accusations other than to say that reassigning a case is common and "to suggest this is beyond an AJ's authority would be a mistake."
Patti says "Judge Gannon has accused me of lying to him, which I still don't understand, but I have never in my entire career misrepresented anything to a judge."
DiGiacomo referred a request for comment to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante, who referred it to Aseltine.
On Monday, the same plea deal was presented to Reddin, who deferred decision.
Gannon says he has no intention of communicating with Reddin about the case, adding "I have every confidence that Judge Reddin will do the right thing."
The 61-year-old Gannon, a former municipal prosecutor and private practitioner, was appointed to the Morris County bench in 1991 by Gov. James Florio and won tenure in 1998.
He was moved to Passaic County in 1995, and then to Sussex in 2005, where he is currently assigned to Civil Part.