Vernon mayor faces harassment charges

Nov 6, 2010 Full story: New Jersey Herald 21

By PHILLIP MOLNAR pmolnar@njherald.com VERNON - The president of the Vernon Township Republican Organization has accused Mayor Sally Rinker of harassment in a complaint filed in the township's municipal court.

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Jean

Lebanon, NJ

#1 Nov 11, 2010
Get over it... seriously - someone says your walking on thin ice and you go and sue? I guess I better stop "harassing" my kids when I tell them they are walking on thin ice with me. Sally Rinker is an adult, a Mother, a family person and somehow seeing Sally Rinker throwing a brick through this guys window is really far fetched. What a waste of time and money. This is why New Jersey gets a bad rap around the country. People suing over the DUMBEST things. I for one am glad Mr. Benda never made it to our town council if this is how he acts and thinks.
Pat

Newton, NJ

#2 Nov 13, 2010
No one is being sued. Harassment is a PDP criminal offense--municipal court only. If it was just two private citizens arguing, it would probably go to mediation rather than trial..... However, this was a Mayor--- maybe it will need to be handled differently--but that is up to the prosecutor and a judge.

No one ever said that the mayor threw a brick.
JAC

Sussex, NJ

#3 Nov 15, 2010
We are so overly litigious, it's eroding our country from the inside out. Lawyers are a plague on society.
Ricciolini

Canada

#4 Nov 17, 2010
I hate frivolous lawsuits.
Whatever happened to "sticks and stones"?
If that guy sues just because that woman touched his arm he should be ashamed of himeself and then he should be spanked!
Jean

Califon, NJ

#5 Nov 17, 2010
I understand that no one accused the mayor of throwing a brick but Mr. Benda assumed it and put the dirty thought into the communities minds when he said that coincendetally a brick was thrown threw his window the same night SAlly Rinker told him he was walking on thin ice. I agree with Ricciolini - Craig Benda should be ashamed of himself. This is a fivolous lawsuit. Benda is looking like he is accusing the mayor of harrasment cause he is simply jealous and it is a bad ugly look.
Ricciolini

Moscow, Russia

#6 Nov 17, 2010
If he wins his case will he get $ or just a restraining order?
Pat

Sparta, NJ

#8 Nov 18, 2010
It is not a lawsuit. No money. Just a PDP---municipal court stuff and will probably not go to trial.

If the inappropriate behavior stops-- nothing more to it. If the mayor continues then there is a documented case shoeing a pattern of behavior--which IS more serious.
Mary

Redwood City, CA

#9 Nov 18, 2010
Inappropriate behavior never stops!
PSmith

Saint Cloud, FL

#10 Dec 30, 2010
Reading most of the Forums for Vernon saddens me. The Township haad its problems way back when but nothing like the problems now. If one side wants it the other fights with everything they've got to thwart it.

I love Vernon, even though my personal life wasn't so great there I loved many living there and feel bad they have so much hate around them.

Makes me want to throw bricks too, at all of them!
NoMoneyHoney

Sussex, NJ

#11 Jan 9, 2011
Heard that it's on for Jan.19th in the Hardyston Municipal Court, 6pm, before Judge Devine.
Pat

Newton, NJ

#12 Jan 18, 2011
Wonder if something will be in the paper on Thursday?
madaboutvernon

Newton, NJ

#13 Jan 18, 2011
Guess this is the big "change" we were promised?
Barbara Ann

Newton, NJ

#14 Jan 18, 2011
Glad someone finally said they had enough!
Maggie

Newton, NJ

#15 Jan 20, 2011
Sent to mediation. Would love to be a fly on the wall for THAT!!! LOL
Ranlom

Newton, NJ

#16 Jan 20, 2011
Benda was not represented? That means the Prosecutor refused to have anything to do it. Very embarassing for all the local regular Republican bigwigs in attendance.
Felicity

Newton, NJ

#17 Jan 22, 2011
The paper was misleading. The prosecutor was there presenting the charges for Benda. Only the defense has a choice to use a lawyer or defend themselves.

Get real-- if anyone DARED to touch the MAYOR, or publicly threaten HER-- she would NOT demand round the clock police protection and use the media to embellish and exaggerate and feign "harm and devastation"???

Two sets of rules, I guess!
Ranlom

Newton, NJ

#18 Jan 22, 2011
Felicity wrote:
The paper was misleading. The prosecutor was there presenting the charges for Benda. Only the defense has a choice to use a lawyer or defend themselves.
Get real-- if anyone DARED to touch the MAYOR, or publicly threaten HER-- she would NOT demand round the clock police protection and use the media to embellish and exaggerate and feign "harm and devastation"???
Two sets of rules, I guess!
The prosecutor was not there beside Benda. FACT, I asked. Spin this anyway you like but bottom line is Benda is a weenie who needs to grow a pair.
Josie

Sparta, NJ

#19 Jan 25, 2011
"That means the Prosecutor refused to have anything to do it."
No
Unless the case is dismissed by the judge (and it wasn't), the prosecutor is responsible for representing the plaintiff. Perhaps they had a pre-trial conference with the lawyers' agreement to send it to mediation already a done deal, and the hearing was just a formality--OR--- Maybe the prosecutor is afraid of the Mayor??? LOL
Ranlom

Chester, NJ

#20 Jan 25, 2011
Not true, the prosecutor reviews the case and can choose to have nothing to do with it, he is free to do so. The plaintiff (Benda), has the option to still persue the complaint. If Benda does so, which it appears he has, he opens himself up to damages if the defendant is found not guilty and the complaint is found to be frivilous.
soap

Sussex, NJ

#21 Mar 6, 2012
Barbara Ann wrote:
Glad someone finally said they had enough!
She's a sheep in wolve's cloth. Look a little closer to the hearth for those that steal. Someone closer to you and your son has done time in juvenile detetion center for stealing.

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