Monmouth Jail Cleared In Wrongful Death Suit

JailpicA federal jury in Trenton found that Monmouth County Corrections Officers did not violate the civil rights of, nor use excessive force in subduing a 22 year old inmate in 2010, according to a report at app.com.  The jury found that Monmouth County and the Correctional Institution was no liable in the July29, 2010 death of Amit Bornstein, a Marlboro man who had been arrested earlier that day on contempt of court charges for failure to appear in court on burglary and drug charges.

The civil case was decided by the jury in a matter of hours following a two and one half week trial.

Bornstein’s death, which occurred after he became violent and had to be subdued by corrections officers twice after they would not allow him the use of a cell phone, was ruled the result of heart failure by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner.  The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office found there was no criminal wrong doing in 2011, following an investigation into the incident.

The Monmouth County’s Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cynthia Scott said, “After reviewing the facts and all the testimony of the case it was clear that the officers involved acted appropriately. While our thoughts remain with the Bornstein family on their loss, Mr. Bornstein’s actions and medical condition are what led to his unfortunate death.”


Posted: March 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office | Tags: , , , , | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Monmouth Jail Cleared In Wrongful Death Suit”

  1. Name (required) said at 10:16 am on March 8th, 2015:

    Good call by the jurors. Thankfully, they didn’t read the app’s character assassination of the officers involved in this unfortunate situation.

  2. Name (required) said at 10:19 am on March 8th, 2015:

    Or the words of Jim Sage’s buddy Eric Brophy for that matter.

  3. Name (required) said at 11:43 am on March 9th, 2015:

    “Character assasination”? Must have been true, since the APP didn’t print a retraction, and hasn’t faced any consequences. But hey, thanks for buying all those donuts!

  4. Name (required) said at 1:13 pm on March 9th, 2015:

    Wow, a donut reference. Very original. You’re a comic genius. The jury sure as hell didn’t think the allegations were true, nor did the prosecutor’s office. Maybe if people like you actually sat down and read the law regarding the use of force, before posting your ignorant comments, you’d come off as slightly intelligent.

  5. Name (required) said at 1:23 pm on March 9th, 2015:

    I think it comes down to act like a human being, be treated as one. Act like a savage, be treated like one. I don’t remember Art making any allegations about officers abusing their authority when he was in there. It’s sad that the kid died, but it doesn’t negate the fact that he was an out of control steroid abuser, with no proper supervision, when he was alive. You can spin it anyway you want, but you can never blame the officers for that kid being an asshole.

  6. Jim Granelli said at 7:03 pm on March 9th, 2015:

    And now comes word that the family is appealing. Even if they get a new trial, the medical evidence seemed overwhelming.

    Who is advising this family, where is the money coming from to pay the lawyers?

  7. Name (required) said at 8:22 am on March 10th, 2015:

    Bornstein’s attorney’s name is Lionel Hutz. Google him, he’s quite famous, actually.