The New Jersey Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct has filed two charges of judicial ethics violations against a former Montville judge.
The ACJC, in a formal complaint dated March 23, accused Seth I. Davenport of simultaneously acting as a lawyer for former Mayor John Rosellini and Montville's municipal court judge between January 2003 to December 2004.
Davenport handled real estate transactions for Rosellini at the time, according to the ACJC.
Attempts to reach Davenport Wednesday afternoon via phone and email were unsuccessful.
He told the ACJC on Oct. 5, 2010, that his conduct representing Rosellini while he was mayor â€¦ and while Davenport was a judge â€¦ was "improper,'' according to the complaint.
The ACJC said that by not observing a rule of conduct set forth by the state, Davenport failed to "observe the high standards of conduct expected by judges (and) has undermined the integrity of the Judiciary,'' the complaint read.
Additionally, the ACJC accused Davenport, in October 2006, of signing a certification stating he "completely ceased'' his "representation of John Rosellini'' after he was appointed to the municipal court, according to the complaint.
During the same Oct. 5, 2010, interview, Davenport admitted the statement in his certification regarding his termination of representing Rosellini was "incorrect,'' the complaint read.
By doing so, the ACJC stated Davenport "impugned'' the integrity of the judiciary and exhibited poor judgment, which undermined the state's code of judicial conduct.
Court rules indicate Davenport, even though he's no longer a judge, could still be disciplined by the State Supreme Court for his actions in the form of reprimand or censure, for example.
Rosellini on Wednesday declined comment on the issue.
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