When You See 'Loophole,' You Know It's Bad Reporting
Former Hackettstown, New Jersey Patrolman Kevin Barbera committed a foolish crime.
Barbera stole two police radios valued at more than $500 from the trash at police headquarters and gave them to a Forks Township man now convicted of drug and weapons offenses and facing a murder charge.
Barbera entered a guilty plea to charges of official misconduct and theft. A judge put him on probation for two years. Sounds about right for a property crime of small value, even with the teaser that the recipient of the stolen property is now charged with murder (a crime that appears to be unrelated to Barbera's misconduct).
The reporter who authored the linked article writes that Barbera avoided imprisonment due to "loopholes" in a recently enacted New Jersey law that applies a mandatory minimum prison sentence to public officials convicted of certain kinds of misconduct. [more ...]
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