This is Part 11 of my continuing coverage of the legal plight of Bruce Aristeo of Camden, New Jersey originally begun with a relationship breakup and civil dispute with Jody Raines and subsequently escalated to the Camden County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office. His trial begins January 11, 2016.
(NOTE: Because I have written numerous articles on the Jody Raines – Camden County Prosecutors vs. Bruce Aristeo Legal Saga, there is now an article index I refer new readers to read and catch-up. I highly recommend you read the articles in chronological order to get the full, complete story with the proper context.)
In Part 7 of this legal saga, I first disclosed and reported the breathtaking bail of $75,000 set for Bruce Aristeo in 2014 for his producing and posting his humorous YouTube commentary videos. He sat in jail for 6 months because he could not make bail. I shared the court transcript that described the unbelievable hearing to substantiate the fact that Bruce’s bail was in fact $75,000 from the beginning and not the $50,000 it was later reduced.
However, at the time I wrote that article, I did not have access to a copy of the court order that detailed both the $75,000 bail and the outlandish bail conditions that was set. Among the outlandish bail conditions, is that Bruce could be arrested for making any Internet comments or references about Jody Raines’ pets, associates, their legal conflict, and other ridiculous free-spech crushing “mandates”.
At long last, I finally obtained a copy of that Camden County Court Order signed by Camden County Superior Court Judge Lee Solomon (now serving as a Justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court). Here it is:
This court order is simply stunning and unbelievable. I have pasted the text of the Bail Order with Special Conditions (BOLD is my emphasis):
THIS MATTER, having come before the Court by Assistant Prosecutor Tracy A. Cogan, on behalf of the State, requesting special bail conditions for defendant, Bruce Aristeo, AND THE COURT having reviewed the Certification of Assistant Prosecutor Tracy A. Cogan, and all supporting documents; and for good cause shown,
IT IS, on this 17th day of May, 2013, ORDERED that bail be set at $75,000 cash or bond and the defendant, Bruce Aristeo, is subject to the following bail conditions:
(1) Defendant is prohibited from having any oral, written, personal, electronic or other form of contact, direct or indirect, or through third parties with Jody Raines, her family, her friends, her business or her pets,
(2) Defendant is prohibited from making or causing to be made any communication, directly or indirectly, or through third parties regarding Jody Raines, her family, her friends, her business, or her pets in any manner which may be construed by this Court as likely to cause annoyance or alarm, and
(3) Defendant is prohibited from utilizing any internet and/or social media postings, directly or indirectly, or through third parties regarding, referring to, or simulating, characterizing or alluding to Jody Raines, her family, her friends, her business or her pets in any form, including but not limited to YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Lee A. Solomon, P.J.Cr.
I am reserving my additional comments and opinions until later. The purpose of this article (as in my prior ones) is to show in a simple manner (piece-by-piece) what is happening in the stinky bowels of Camden County, New Jersey, its so-called criminal justice system, and their reckless, irresponsible pursuit of Bruce Aristeo over his tame and humorous YouTube commentary videos.
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