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STATE – Former Assemblyman Neil Cohen’s lawyer is not entitled to review the child pornography images his client allegedly printed from his legislative computer, a state appeals court ruled last week.

The Attorney General’s office appealed an earlier decision by Superior Court Judge Gerald J. Council that required prosecutors to hand over “two digital copies of child pornography,” according to court documents.

Both the Attorney General’s office and Cohen’s lawyer, Mark Tuohey, may discuss the issue in court on June 1.

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This week’s top newsmakers

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Governor Jon Corzine, Assemblyman Joseph Vas and former Assemblyman Neil Cohen sit together in this file photo featuring the week's top newsmakers.

Assemblyman Joseph Vas was indicted on 11 counts of conspiring with municipal employees to bill the city for $5,000 worth of clothing, sneakers and other personal items. The former Perth Amboy mayor is also accused of participating in a scheme to rig a housing lottery so that his driver could buy a new home at a reduced price.

Earlier in the week, former Assemblyman Neil Cohen pleaded not guilty to child porn charges and Governor Jon Corzine delivered a state budget proposal containing draconian program cuts and more than $2 billion in property tax increases.

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TRENTON – Former New Jersey Assemblyman Neil M. Cohen was indicted Wednesday on official misconduct and child pornography charges for allegedly using computer equipment in the 20th Legislative District office to view child pornography and print copies of child pornography that he left around the office, Attorney General Anne Milgram and Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni announced.

The Division of Criminal Justice obtained a state grand jury indictment charging Cohen, 57, of Paramus, with the second-degree crimes of official misconduct, reproduction of child pornography, and distribution of child pornography, as well as the fourth-degree crime of possession of child pornography.

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TRENTON – Longtime state Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Union) resigned Monday. Cohen is currently the subject of a child pornography investigation, though as of Monday no charges had been filed.
Cohen has reportedly been in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation since authorities seized his office computer last week.

Cohen submitted his one-sentence resignation letter to clerk of the Assembly at 9:24 a.m., said Derek Roseman, spokesman for the Assembly Democrats.
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TRENTON – As Memorial Day approaches, state lawmakers are working to increase the death benefit paid to the families of active members of the New Jersey National Guard. On Monday, the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee released two measures sponsored by Assemblymen Neil Cohen, Patrick Diegnan and Vincent Prieto to augment benefits for surviving family members.

The first measure (A-1575) — sponsored by Assemblymen Cohen (D-Union) and Diegnan (D-Middlesex) — would grant a $250,000 military death benefit for an active member of the New Jersey Army National Guard or Air National Guard.

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TRENTON – Last week, Assemblymen Neil M. Cohen and Joseph Cryan announced the introduction of legislation that would statutorily designate each October as “Hispanic Heritage Month” in New Jersey.

Senator Raymond J. Lesniak announced he will sponsor an identical version of the legislation in the Senate.

“It is important to recognize the richness of culture that the New Jersey’s Hispanic communities bring to the state,” said Cohen (D-Union).  “Their contributions to our communities and our country deserve to be permanently commemorated.”

The bill (AJR-76) would codify October of each year in New Jersey as Hispanic Heritage Month.  Activities during the month would serve to commemorate the contributions Hispanic and Hispanic-American residents have made to the state and the nation.

The sponsors said they introduced legislation to create the permanent designation to avoid the chaos of scrambling to submit a bill each year to maintain the designation. Similar laws have been enacted to designate commemorations that include Black History Month, Women’s History Week, and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

“New Jersey’s Hispanic and Hispanic-American communities deserve to be honored,” said Cryan (D-Union).  “Their efforts and cultural impact have made enormous positive contributions to our state that need to be recognized.”

“The Latino community in New Jersey has a rich heritage and has contributed so much to the tapestry of New Jersey culture,” said Lesniak (D-Union).  “It’s only fitting that we designate a month in each year to recognize the contributions, culture, and history of Hispanic New Jersey.  This is an honor whose time is long overdue in the Garden State.”

The Assembly version of the bill has been referred to the Assembly State Government Committee.  Upon its introduction, the Senate version will be referred to the Senate State Government Committee.

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