On May 4, 2015, during the closing arguments a jury heard two very different sides of Michael L. Jones, an Atlantic City police officer on trial for misconduct. The first being that he was a good police officer trying to help those in need, and the second being that he was a conniving criminal who made "thousands of dollars" via a program meant to help his community. After two-days and about four hours of deliberation, Jones was found guilty on charges official misconduct, theft and tax fraud, and faces a minimum of five years in prison.
Jones was arrested for official misconduct and theft by deception in March 2012. Prior to his arrest, the FBI's Public Corruption Task Force, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Official Corruption Unit and the State of New Jersey Department of Treasury, Division of Taxation Office of Criminal Investigation initiated a joint investigation after learning that Jones’ lease in the Stanley Holmes Village was terminated by the Atlantic City Housing Authority for failure to comply with the terms of the Live-In Police Officer Program. The program allows police officers to lease public housing for substantially discounted rent, in exchange for active community policing in an effort to reduce crime in public housing. Click here to read more on Jones' arrest.
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"i diligunt legem" is the Latin phrase for "I Love the Law." This blog is created out of my love for the law and my desire to give back to my community.