Senate to vote on calling for justice to resign

The Senate has scheduled a vote Thursday on a resolution calling upon state Supreme Court Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto to resign if the Assembly does not proceed with impeachment.

Rivera-Soto has been embroiled in controversy since Dec. 10 when he announced his intention to abstain from rulings after declaring his belief that the appointment of Judge Edwin Stern to the Supreme Court was unconstitutional. 

Rivera-Soto has since modified that position, but the resolution, sponsored by Sen. Nia Gill, (D-34) of Montclair, states that “the actions of Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto are prejudicial to the administration of justice and constitute a serious violation of the public trust.”

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner had appointed Stern temporarily on Sept. 8 to fill a vacancy.