The Case Chronology
17 February 1996
13 March 1996
- Thomas A. Cassidy is hired by the
New Jersey Department of Corrections.
14 March 1996
- At approximately 11:30 p.m. Natalie DeGennaro-Holley files a complaint with the Newton police alleging that Thomas A. Cassidy
had verbally harassed her at Newton Memorial Hospital. Yet the case record
indicates that 79-year-old Newton Memorial Hospital security guard Anthony D'Avino had stated
"be careful" to DeGennaro-Holley causing her to file the complaint of verbal
(For more information on this odd "game of triple-hearsay", see On the Exclusionary Rule).
15 March 1996
- Patrolman Neil Casey of the Newton police department and
Patrolman John Schetting of the Stillwater police department search for and seize firearms from the Cassidy
home at 1:20 a.m. Both officers stated that they were in possession of a valid search warrant at the
time of this search.
19 March 1996
- Patrolman John Schetting and Ed Fransen of the Stillwater police
department came to our home around noon and threatened to "tear the house apart
again" if Thomas did not sign a consent to search form. Thomas acquiesced to their
authority, not wanting to endure what happened the prior evening again. The officers seized
several magazines for firearms.
27 March 1996
- Thomas A. Cassidy filed a disorderly person complaint of
simple assault with the Newton Municipal Court for an incident which occurred on 15 Feb 96 where Ms. DeGennaro had
- Charged with possession of assault weapons and high capacity
magazines by Stillwater police department.
29 March 1996
- Charged with an act of simple assault by Detective Anthony Virga of the Newton police department
for allegedly assaulting Ms. DeGennaro on 15 Feb 96. (Retaliation from the Newton police and their attempt
to camouflage their unconstitutional conduct between 13-15 March 96. This is often referred
to as "cover charges")
- Retained Attorney George Daggett to represent Thomas on
1 April 1996
- Detectives Anthony Virga and Kenneth Armstrong of the Newton
Police Department interview various persons and stated to them that they would see to it that
Thomas A. Cassidy would never work in law enforcement again.
3 April 1996
- Thomas A. Cassidy is suspended without pay from the NJ
Department of Corrections. The PBA, a police and corrections union, refuses legal assistance
stating that the criminal charges are not work related.
26 April 1996
- Received letter from Attorney McGovern stating that the Sussex
County prosecutor may be conflicted due to Thomas A. Cassidyís previous relations with the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office. McGovern
further indicated that the NJ State Attorney General may have to handle the case.
- Sussex County Assistant Prosecutor LaCarruba petitions Judge
N. Peter Conforti for the forfeiture of firearms. (Thomas A. Cassidy used to work for
9 May 1996
- Numerous requests are made for discovery materials.
(The State is required to provide defense attorneys with materials that the State will
seek to use in support of their prosecution).
23 May 1996
- Attorney William McGovern receives some discovery material.
He indicates that the Sussex County Prosecutor is still handling the case, although conflicted.
He also stated that the Sussex County Prosecutor would be handling the complaint that Thomas A.
Cassidy had filed in municipal court!
9 July 1996
- Sussex County Prosecutor indicates that he will drop
complaints if Thomas A. Cassidy pays DeGennaro-Holley an undisclosed amount of money. (Talk of extortion begins.)
- Attorney William McGovern III states that the amount of money being
requested by DeGennaro-Holley is $2,000. He also comments that this is obviously not justified in
- Attorney William McGovern III meets with Attorney Peter Laemers (attorney of DeGennaro) and Judge
N. Peter Conforti in Sussex County Superior Court, Family Division. Judge Conforti indicates to
both attorneys that this case is nonsense and not worth being on the court calendar. Judge
N. Peter Conforti attempts to persuade both attorneys to settle this matter out of court.
11 July 1996
- Attorney William McGovern III requests that prosecutor present an alleged cassette tape that was
referred to in police reports. (There likely never was a tape, but there were many performances in
reference to it.)
28 August 1996
- Sussex County Assistant Prosecutor Vincent J. Connors, Jr.
leads the Grand Jurors of Sussex County into indicting Thomas Cassidy.
26 September 96
- Attorney William McGovern III again requests tape from prosecutor asserting that
he may have to make application to have the case dismissed if it is not provided.
12 November 1996
- Sussex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas
Reed writes letter acknowledging that
officers had presented documentation to Cassidy's as a valid search warrant.
21 November 1996
- Attorney George T. Daggett writes motion to suppress
22 November 1996
- Telephone call came into Newton Municipal Building requesting
a tape. (This was the beginning of a staged act to make it appear that the municipal court
judge was contacted on 13 MAR 96.)
3 December 1996
- The Captain of the Newton police department, John Tomasula,
stated to Ann Rosellen, a clerk at the Newton Municipal Building, that "we don't have the tape
on the Cassidy case and without it weíre going to lose the case and all those guns."
24 December 1996
- Newton Municipal Court Judge John Mulhern put on a production of
taping an alleged domestic violence call in the Administration Section of the Newton Municipal
Building . Judge John Mulhern asked a Newton police officer if he had the tape running. This was an
unusual occurrence, as Judge John Mulhern nor the Newton Police do not even work on that floor of
- Sussex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas
Reed writes suppression brief now stating that search warrant was not valid.
4 February 1997
- Natalie DeGennaro-Holley went to Newton Memorial Hospital
to visit her mother, Maria DeGennaro, at the intensive care unit. While there, Natalie stated to
one employee that "she was going to see to it that Tom would never work in law enforcement
- In an overt act of prosecutorial misconduct, Sussex
County Assistant Prosecutor Vincent J. Connors, Jr. dismissed the complaint
that Thomas A. Cassidy had filed against Ms. DeGennaro-Holley on 19 March 96.
- Wrongfully convicted of simple assault in family court by Judge
N. Peter Conforti.
18 February 1997
- Thomas A. Cassidy was sentenced to 1 year probation, Domestic Violence
Assessment Center (DVAC), DECIDE, and numerous fines.
21 February 1997
- Thomas A. Cassidy dismisses Attorney William McGovern III.
- Thomas A. Cassidy retains Attorney Evan F. Nappen to appeal conviction
of simple assault, etc.
21 March 1997
- Appeal was filed, simple assault trial transcripts were requested from Bee Hammett,
Sussex County Court Clerk.
27 March 1997
- Seeking to capitalize on the recently acquired wrongful
conviction, Assistant Prosecutor Jared L. McDavit files a supplemental brief in opposition to
3 April 1997
- Interviewed by Domestic Violence Assessment Center (DVAC)
counselor, Lenny Marano. At this interview/interrogation (RealPlayer) Marano repeatedly asked Thomas A. Cassidy
questions regarding the possession of assault weapons. (DVAC was created by Sussex County
Assistant Prosecutor Bruce LaCarruba. The girlfriend of LaCarrubba works for DVAC).
- Suppression motion is denied. Sussex County Superior Court
Judge Gerald B. Hanifan, J.S.C. rules that exigent circumstances permitted the midnight warrantless search
of the Cassidy home. Particular emphasis was placed on the wrongful conviction for simple
assault in support of his decision.
1 July 1997
- Domestic Violence Assessment Center (DVAC) counselor, Lenny
Marano states to Thomas "Again, I just want to be very clear about something Tom, this
is not, like, you know, out to get you (RealPlayer), these are just my recommendations, they're treatment."
8 July 1997
- New Jersey Appellate Division Order dismisses Thomas A.
Cassidyís Appeal for the wrongful simple assault conviction.
11 July 1997
- Attorney Evan F. Nappen stated that the Appellate Division had
dropped Tomís appeal. He stated that the transcripts were never received from the Sussex County
15 July 1997
- NJ Department of Corrections sends certified mail to Thomas A.
Cassidy indicating that he had pled guilty to simple assault on 4 Feb 97 and is
proceeding with his removal from the Department of Corrections. Thomas A. Cassidy filed an
appeal with the NJ Department of Corrections. Obviously, Thomas A. Cassidy had not pled
guilty, as he was wrongfully convicted!
- Attorney Evan F. Nappen files motion to reinstate appeal of
the wrongful simple assault conviction.
24 July 1997
- Attorney Evan F. Nappen writes letter to Sussex County Court Clerk Bee Hammett
assuming that check for simple assault trial transcripts was lost in the mail!
- Thomas A. Cassidy received certified mail from the NJ
Department of Corrections to attend disciplinary hearing on 25 Jul 97.
- Evan F. Nappen said he had to send another check to the Sussex County court because
the court said the check was in the wrong name.
14 August 1997
- Sussex County DVAC sent letter indicating that Thomas A. Cassidy still owed $95.00
11 September 1997
- NJ Appellate Division issues Order Reinstating Appeal.
19 September 1997
- Attorney Evan F. Nappen files Constitutional challenge on New
Jersey Assault Weapons Law.
9 October 1997
- Thomas A. Cassidy attends NJDOC Disciplinary Appeal Hearing at
Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility in Annandale, NJ. Acting on behalf of NJDOC,
Captain Lowe stated for record that Thomas A. Cassidy had pled guilty to simple
assault on 4 Feb 97. Attorney Evan F. Nappen had represented Thomas at this hearing indicating
that the wrongful conviction for simple assault is on appeal.
20 October 1997
- Thomas A. Cassidy is removed from the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
8 December 1997
- Retained a civil service employment attorney to represent Thomas A.
Cassidy in all causes of action with NJDOC. In other words, to try to get his job back.
24 December 1997
- Sussex County Probation Officer S. Brian Banner stated that he
would be scheduling Thomas A. Cassidy to appear in court again regarding the previous sentence to DVAC
even though this matter had already been stayed by Judge N. Peter Conforti!
21 January 1998
- Retained law firm of Needleman & Schocket to represent
Thomas A. Cassidy in federal civil rights action.
3 February 1998
- Met with Linda Mainenti-Walsh from Attorney Ethics Committee
in Morristown, NJ. to discuss attorney misconduct in Sussex County.
9 March 1998
- Received a notice of Violation of Probation from the
Sussex County Superior Court.
27 March 1998
- Received message from Needleman & Schocket Attorney Ed Zohn
that the federal civil rights complaint had been filed in federal court in Newark, NJ.
- Appeared in Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Sussex County
with Evan F. Nappen on motion challenging the constitutionality of the New Jersey Assault Weapon Ban.
- Judge Gerald B. Hanifan, J.S.C. refused to rule on constitutional issues citing pending litigation
in Appellate Division. (Tannis case.)
- Count Five of the indictment dismissed (Springfield M1A Rifle) by Judge Gerald
Hanifan based upon State of New Jersey Attorney General opinion.
- Sussex County Assistant Prosecutor Francis Koch stated he would seek to bring that
charge back in front of the Grand Jury for renewal. Such a statement is clearly indicative of malice.
20 May 1998
- Judge Gerald Hanifan orders Sussex County Prosecutorís Office to give specifics to
Attorney Nappen on counts 1-4 of the indictment, as it is not clear what crime the Sussex County
Prosecutor is charging Thomas A. Cassidy with.
21 May 1998
- New Jersey Appellate Division reverses wrongful simple assault
2 June 1998
- Attorney Evan F. Nappen called to notify us that the wrongful
simple assault conviction had been reversed and that the charges against DeGennaro-Holley that Assistant
Prosecutor Vincent Connors had inappropriately dismissed were to be reinstated.
24 June 1998
- Thomas A. Cassidy spoke with Attorney Ed Zohn, who indicated that all
of the civil rights suit defendantís had been served. He indicated that there was some
confusion within the towns as to which attorneys will be representing whom.
25 June 1998
- Received Ethics Committee investigative report.
3 August 1998
- Thomas A. Cassidy responded to report that facts were not correct in
Ethics Committee Investigative Report.
- Post Conviction Relief in front of Judge N. Peter Conforti. Judge Conforti recuses
himself and orders case to be re-tried in Newton Municipal Court.
16 September 1998
- DeGennaro-Holley Attorney Peter Laemers states that he is conflicted and recuses
10 October 1998
- Judge N. Peter Conforti orders simple assault complaints
remanded to Newton Municipal Court & recuses himself.
22 October 1998
- Received Order from Newton Municipal Court transferring simple
assault reversal case to Byram Municipal Court.
29 October 1998
- Received Order from Newton Municipal Court transferring simple
assault matter to Sparta Municipal Court for hearing on 12 Nov 98 citing a conflict in Byram.
10 November 1998
- Attorney Gary Needleman called Thomas A. Cassidy requesting
that he voluntarily dismiss the civil rights complaint to avoid sanctions being imposed by the
Federal Courts for frivolous litigation. Says Federal Court will rely on Judge Gerald B. Hanifan, J.S.C. Motion to Suppress Hearing.
12 November 1998
- DeGennaro-Holley met with her new attorney, Richard Pompelio,
and Sparta Prosecutor Andy Frazier. It was indicated that DeGennaro was willing to dismiss all
complaints. Sparta Municipal Court Prosecutor Andy Frazier stated that he had never seen a case
in which they were "out to get" the defendant as much as in the case of
State v. Thomas A. Cassidy.
2 June 1999
- After receiving numerous threats, Thomas A. Cassidy acquiesced
and unwillingly dismissed federal civil rights complaint.
4 June 1999
- Received notice to appear in Newton Municipal Court on 16 Jun 99
regarding simple assault case.
16 June 1999
- Received letter from Town of Newton directing Thomas A. Cassidy
to now appear in Hardyston Municipal Court at 6:30 p.m. on simple assault charges.
28 June 1999
- Appeared in Hardyston Municipal Court at 1830 hrs.
Met with attorney Greg Muller. DeGennaro and husband were present with attorney Pompelio. Mr. Muller indicated that at this point nothing would take place (either a
dismissal or a trial date) because the municipal prosecutor needs to speak with Detective Virga
who is objecting to a dismissal of charges against Thomas A. Cassidy. A new court date was to
have been scheduled for 29 Sep 99.
28 September 1999
- Thomas A. Cassidy is informed that Hardyston Municipal Court
Judge Richard Honig had improperly read over previous simple assault trial transcripts and must
therefore be disqualified from hearing case. Hardyston Municipal Court Judge Honig had also
stated that he wanted to see that Thomas A. Cassidy "gets some jail time".
4 November 1999
- Received telephone call from Holly of Attorney James Maynard's
office stating that Hardyston Court Hearing is adjourned until further notice. She stated that
all proceedings would be consolidated in Sussex County Court.
8 November 1999
- Informed that the Sussex County Court's are now seeking to consolidate all of the
pending charges against Thomas A. Cassidy to be adjudicated jointly.
- 9 a.m. court appearance on firearms. Now to be consolidated
with simple assault case. Assistant Prosecutor Francis Koch appeared for State.
30 November 1999
- Sussex County Superior Court Judge Loraine Parker now presides.
14 February 2000
- Notified that 6 Dec 99 status conference is adjourned
until January 24, 2000.
3 March 2000
- Appeared in court in front of Judge Parker. Tom
required to sign form rejecting a recommendation of PTI enrollment. 29 1/2 years of incarceration
is threatened. Next appearance scheduled March 13 & 17 2000. Evan noted on record that there
are still constitutional issues pending.
20 March 2000
- Sussex County Justice website debuts online.
29 March 2000
- Appeared in court for status conference in front of Honorable Judge Lorraine C. Parker.
- State now dismisses "cover charges" that were filed against Tom by Newton Police Detective Anthony Virga. Do you think his exposure at sussexcountyjustice.com helped to facilitate this dramatic reversal? Note the sudden change of heart after 4 years of misconduct!
19 June 2000
14 July 2000
16 August 2000
- Honorable Judge Lorraine C. Parker denies remainder of constitutional arguments on
guns by relying on federal case Coalition of New Jersey Sportsmen, et. al. v. Christine Todd
Whitman which was decided adversely against law abiding New Jersey firearm owners and is
currently on appeal. Similar unconstitutional statutes had been drafted throughout the country
and were declared unconstitutional. Indeed, the State of New Jersey chooses to criminally
prosecute Tom and other law abiding citizens who may be the "object of official
displeasure", while United States citizens (outside NJ borders) enjoy freedom from malicious prosecution!
16 October 2000
- Thomas Cassidy sends certified mail to
Sussex County Probation Department and Domestic Violence Assessment Center of Sussex County (DVAC) requesting the return of
fines and fees that had been wrongfully assessed more than 3 years ago! To date, neither of these
entities have responded to this inquiry.
3 January 2001
- Judge Lorraine C. Parker, J.S.C. denies motion to have
Cassidy case stayed pending the adjudication of Coalition of New Jersey Sportsmen, et. al. v.
Christine Todd Whitman, et. al., which raises similar issues in the United States Court of
Appeals for the Third Circuit.
4 January 2001
- Judge Lorraine C. Parker, J.S.C. denies motion for change
of venue. This motion was brought due to 5 years of systemic corruption in Sussex County and
due to the fact that Tom had worked for the Sussex County Prosecutor as a Prosecutor's Agent.
9 January 2001
- Judge Lorraine C. Parker, J.S.C. expedites proceedings and
commences with a trial.
23 February 2001
- Jurors convict Thomas A. Cassidy of possessing
3 November 2003
- After 5 years of malicious prosecution, Thomas A.
Cassidy is sentenced to 3 years of probation.
30 March 2004
- Oral Argument in New Jersey Supreme Court, Trenton, New Jersey.
- New Jersey Supreme Court reverses and vacates wrongful
convictions in 7-0 unanimous decision.