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  1. Dougbbbb

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    GOVERNOR CHRISTIE COMMUTES AITKEN PRISON SENTENCE!
    Please call or email Governor Christie to thank him!

    Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) has commuted the prison sentence of 27-year-old CEO Brian Aitken from 7 years to time served for the "crime” of properly transporting two legally-owned, unloaded, cased handguns in his car trunk while moving to a new home.

    Brian Aitken’s story has recently made national news. He returned to New Jersey in 2009 after residing in Colorado , and was in the process of moving from one residence in New Jersey to another, with handguns he had legally purchased in Colorado , when he was stopped and his car searched by police. The handguns were unloaded and contained in a locked box inside a duffel bag in the trunk, in compliance with New Jersey law.

    Aitken was nevertheless arrested and prosecuted under New Jersey gun laws, for "unlawful possession” of the handguns. In New Jersey , it is generally illegal to possess a handgun without a permit to carry,” but there are a handful of narrow exceptions to the requirement, and one of them explicitly allows transportation of an unloaded and cased firearm "between one place of business or residence and another when moving.”

    Aitken refused to accept a plea bargain because he believed he had done nothing wrong and would be vindicated by the jury, but inexplicably, the judge repeatedly refused to allow the jury to consider the exceptions or the evidence that Aitken was moving after repeated requests by counsel and the jury itself – a fundamental denial of due process.

    Lacking that information, the jury had no choice but to convict Aitken and his 7-year prison sentence was presumptively imposed under a law rushed through by former Governor Corzine in 2008.

    Fittingly, the judge in this case was not reappointed to the bench by Governor Christie for other reasons – a determination made prior to the Aitken conviction.

    Please immediately contact Governor Christie to thank him for commuting Brian Aitken’s sentence and undoing this travesty of justice!

    Call 609-292-6000 or follow this link to email Governor Christie: http://www.state.nj.us/governor/contact/. Mail can be sent to P.O. Box 001 , Trenton , N.J. 08625
     
  2. Brian in Oregon

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    The handguns were not legally owned under the laws of New Jersey. He knew that, long before this incident, yet failed to abide by the law and get government permission to possess them. And his idiot mother turned him in. (I wonder what kind of Christmas reunion they're going to have?)

    Still, this is a classic example of what happens when a right is turned into a privilege. I hope one day the New Jersey hogwash goes the way of the dodo.
     
  3. jagrdawger

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    The judge also failed to abide by the constitution of the United States by providing due justice. He had the obligation to provide the jury with knowledge of the exemption for someone moving to the state, the fact that this man had in fact contacted the state police and was told he was within the law with what he was doing.

    Perhaps if the judge was tried for violation of civil rights and sent to prison there would be fewer activist judges "interpreting" the law within their personal opinion of what is "right." At least he is no longer on the bench.
     
  4. EE

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    Christie did not "undo this travesty." Not even close. He commuted Aitken's sentence, that's all. The guilty verdict still stands; Aitken just doesn't have to serve any more time.
     
  5. Charkat1

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    Aitken is now looking to have his name cleared of this travesty of a conviction. He did reunite with his mother, BTW. She was there when they released him. I don't know what impact an commutation of the sentence might have on other cases that were tried before this judge. Say, all of you legal eagles out there:what might be the reason behind Cristie's decision to commute rather than a full pardon?

    Charlene
     
  6. Brian in Oregon

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    I thought a pardon does not clear a conviction, but makes it so you can't challenge the conviction? A commutation of sentence still allows an appeal?

    Where's a ts.com board lawyer when you need one?
     
  7. EE

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    Brian, a pardon wipes out the conviction. A commutation just reduces the penalty.
     
  8. Ljutic111

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    Still in all with the facts laid out in court , he shouldn`t have been sentenced to prison for 7 years . Thanks to Gov. Chris Cristie he can now spend his holidays at home . There are greater crimes in this state with less jail time .
     
  9. porky

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    It's was probably obvious to Gov Christie that the activist judge was overstepping their limitations for a long time before this conviction happened.
     
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