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Township Appoints Full Time Judge

Robyn Brown was named full-time municipal court judge for East Brunswick.

The Township Approved a resolution appointing a fulltime judge to the municipal court post, Monday. Previously, the township used three part-time judges to serve on the bench.

Robyn Brown has been an assistant prosecutor for more than 11 years, first in Essex County and for the past eight years, in Middlesex County.  She and her husband are East Brunswick residents with two sons.

The following is a statement from Mayor David Stahl regarding the appointment:

“For the past four years, we have worked tirelessly to make East Brunswick the best place to live. Our court system is an important component of East Brunswick; a place that hopefully many of us do not visit too often, but it is a vital part of our community nonetheless and as such it should be fair and efficient and representative of our community. The appointment of Robyn Brown to the bench will ensure that goal is met.

“A few have asked me about the economics and practicalities of changing from a system where we have three part time judges to a system where we have one full time and one part time judge.  As most of you know, my first priority has always been to the Township residents and ensuring that we remain fiscally sound.  When most towns in Middlesex County were raising taxes, we cut them.  We did this through wise decisions resulting in efficiency.  The time has come to address the same issues in our courtroom.  Hiring Ms. Brown will result in a savings to the Township, and in what I am confident will be better service.  Our backlog of cases needs to be addressed and I believe having one judge who is familiar with each case and who will be the constant judge hearing the same case will help to address this.

“Ms. Brown has been an Assistant Prosecutor for over eleven years, first in Essex County and for the past eight years, here in Middlesex County.  She and her husband are East Brunswick residents with two sons.

“Ms. Brown’s qualifications are outstanding and leave little doubt in my mind about the job she will do. For the past three years, she has run the County’s Drug Court program, overseeing the cases of over 300 individuals. She has also been a trial team supervisor for the past two years in Judge Pullen’s courtroom, a Superior Court judge. Judges, colleagues who have worked with her and adversaries against her, have all described Ms. Brown as “professional, hardworking and efficient.” She will be a great asset to the bench.

“Ms. Brown will work as many hours as needed to ensure our Court’s needs are addressed.  She will be available for our police officers when needed.  Currently in her role as drug court coordinator, Ms. Brown often handles after hours “crisis” calls, so this is really no different.

“As an African-American woman, Robyn Brown brings diversity to this Township; diversity much needed when neither our elected officials nor employees are truly representative of our community. The time has come for us to continue making East Brunswick the best place to live by addressing our judicial needs.” 

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Norman December 19, 2012 at 04:12 PM
First, let me categorically state that I am NOT a racist in any way shape or form. And please do not respond by telling me that because I am about to bring up race that it shows I am one, while n fact Mayor Stahl is the one who makes a point of it in his comments to the press. “Ms. Brown’s qualifications are outstanding and leave little doubt in my mind about the job she will do Question: So am I to assume that this is her FIRST time being a judge? We know she has experience prosecuting cases but for a number of years but is she truly qualified to be our one and only judge? Was she selected due to what one might refer to as affirmative action? Where there any other candidates and where they more qualified based on their practical experience on the bench here or in other towns? “As an African-American woman, Robyn Brown brings diversity to this Township; diversity much needed when neither our elected officials nor employees are truly representative of our community" Question: What exactly is Mayor Stahl saying here? Do we have a problem here in EB that I am not aware of? I do not recall an African American woman running for an elected office in town and not elected. Have we systematically rejected any African American woman who have applied for jobs with our town? I thought our judicial system is supposed to be color blind. Is he indicating that by placing Ms. Brown we now have solved our so called diversity situation? See below...
Norman December 19, 2012 at 04:13 PM
For the past three years, she has run the County’s Drug Court program, overseeing the cases of over 300 individuals.” Question: So how many of these 300 individuals went to jail or received significant penalties? (assuming of course they were found guilty? One more question: Given the tragic events from last week in Connecticut what is her record as it relates to gun cases? This is NOT an attack on Ms. Brown as I am certain she is a smart, dedicated, hard working and talented citizen who has served our communities in the highest manner. I just wanted to point out what jumped out at me when I first read this article.
Norman December 19, 2012 at 04:26 PM
and lastly as I know my comments will not change what has taken place I would like to congratulate Judge Brown on her appointment and I trust I will not have to meet her in person any time soon ( in the courtroom).
Mike December 21, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Whenever you have to start off a statement saying your not a racist chances are you are a racist. We cant see you we can only read what you write so you must be a white guy who has a problem with an African-American lady being a judge.
Norman December 21, 2012 at 01:49 PM
@ Mike- You did EXACTLY what I predicted and asked not to do in my initial post as I knew many would do what you did..accuse me of being racist just by bringing the topic up. Did you bother to read my entire post? Did you notice my comments about Judge Brown and my congratulations to her....they are sincere I assure you. So let;s try this...remove the data points that our newly appointed judge is a woman and an African American and just focus on the notion that our newly appointed judge has never served on the bench previously. What are your thoughts to this now? Is this person qualified to be our one and only judge? What about my questions regarding our new judge's record on guns? Is this relevant or not? And lastly, what about our new judges record on prosecuting the 300 drug cases...did they get jail time or were they able to negotiate a nice plea deal? And lastly, go to the end of my earlier post and read this again " This is NOT an attack on Ms. Brown as I am certain she is a smart, dedicated, hard working and talented citizen who has served our communities in the highest manner"...does that sound like someone who has a problem?????

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