Friends of John Sheridan Want Cause of Death Changed to ‘Undetermined’

John-SheridanThe 2014 deaths of John and Joyce Sheridan in their Skilman home never made sense to those who looked at the case up close, including their dogged son attorney Mark Sheridan, and now a group of nearly 200 prominent New Jerseyans— among them three former Governors, a former State Supreme Court Justice, two former state attorneys general and a former chief state prosecutor.

All of them want the murder-suicide investigation of the prominent couple reopened and, at a minimum, the manner of John Sheridan’s death changed from “suicide” to “undetermined.”

Friends of John & Joyce Sheridan,” includes former Governors Thomas Kean, James J. Florio and Christine Whitman of New Jersey; former Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein; former Attorney Generals John Farmer and Peter Harvey; Ed Stier, former director of the NJ Division of Criminal Justice; former state cabinet officers, former prosecutors; defense attorneys, lawyers, friends and professional associates of the couple.

“We knew them as colleagues, as leaders, as mentors, and as neighbors who loved each other and their family,” reads a letter signed by the friends and released to the media this afternoon.

“And, most importantly, we knew them as friends who cared deeply about how they conducted their lives. We were shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic killing of John and Joyce in their home in September of 2014. We have long agreed with independent experts and the media that have reviewed the case that there are compelling reasons to question the murder/suicide conclusion reached by the medical examiner and the prosecutor’s office. Most recently, the specter of those flawed investigations was again raised in The Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Times Sunday Magazine, just as it has been earlier in The Star-Ledger.

“That is why we continue to strongly support the legal efforts by John and Joyce’s sons to change the manner of John’s death from ‘suicide’ to ‘undetermined’ on his death certificate. The only truth in this terrible tragedy is that no one knows what happened on that September morning—not us, not the medical examiner, not the prosecutor. We support the Sheridan family’s efforts to re-open the investigation into the murder of their parents by offering a substantial financial reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of John and Joyce’s killer(s).

“But most of all we believe that John Sheridan—through his personal and professional life in New Jersey—earned the right to have his life and death assessed competently and accurately. At a minimum, that requires that the manner of death be changed by the medical examiner from suicide to undetermined.”

Those who signed the letter appear below:

Thomas H, Kean Governor of New Jersey (1982-1990) James J. Florio Governor of New Jersey (1990-1994) Christine Todd Whitman Governor of New Jersey (1994-2001) Gary Stein Former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice John Farmer Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey Former New Jersey Attorney General Ed Stier Former Director, NJ Division of Criminal Justice William Hughes Former U.S. House of Representatives, New Jersey 2nd District George E. Norcross III Chairman, Board of Trustees,Cooper University Health Care Christian M. Abeel Interim CEO Vice President,New Jersey Credit Union League Lynne A. Anderson Partner, Drinker Biddle Linda Anselmini. Former Commissioner, NJ Department of Personnel Linda Artlip Former Communications Director,NJ Department of Transportation Anthony Attanasio Former Assistant Commissioner, NJ Department of Transportation Jeff Beck Senior Vice President, Selective Tracy Baldwin Friend, Schoharie, New York Omela Benny Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Carmel Biglow Benefits Coordinator,Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Roger A. Bodman Former Commissioner, NJDepartment of Transportation Jodi Bouer , Esq. Vice Chair Princeton Republican Committee Deborah Bozarth Director of Governmental Relations, NJ Association for Justice Hal Bozarth President, Chemistry Council of New Jersey Kenneth Bradley Bed Bath and Beyond Brad Brewster Princeton Public Affairs Jonathan Broder Vice President, Conrail Charlene Brown AT&T Karen Brunner Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Hilary A. Budny Matrix Companies Constance Campanella Chairman Emeritus, Stateside Associates, Inc. Scott Carlson Carlson Siedsma LLP Adriana Caronia Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Terry Carpenter Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Anthony Cicatiello Chairman, CN Communications Anthony J. Cimino Former Commissioner, NJ Department of Personnel Jim Cobb NY Shipping Association Scott Collins, Attorney, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Thomas J. Coyne, III, Friend James Crawford Former Executive Director, South Jersey Transportation Authority Nola Crawford, Friend Dennis Culnan Sr. President, Phoenix Strategies, Inc. Dennis Culnan, Jr. Managing Director, Phoenix Strategies, Inc. Jonathan Daniels Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Loretta Dascoll Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP 4 Edward DeHope Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Richelle Delavan Director, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Sonia Delgado Princeton Public Affairs Group Rosemarie DelleGrotti Administrative Assistant, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Dr. Vincent P. DelleGrotti Friend, Hamilton Barbara DeMarco Porzio Government Affairs Tracie DeSarno Partner, Public Strategies Impact Beth Dohm Senior Vice President, Kaufman Zita Group LLC John Paul Doyle Carluccio Leone & Dimon Suzanne Drexl Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Neil Ducharme Manasquan, NJ Robin Palladino Ducharme Friend , Manasquan, NJ Gregg Edwards NJ Department Higher Education Jonathan I. Epstein Partner, Drinker Bidddle Ben Feigenbaun Edison Properties 5 Joe Fiordaliso Partner, MBI-Gluck Shaw Dale Florio Princeton Public Affairs Group Diana Gerstel Attorney, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Patrick Gillespie Director, CIGNA Marilynn Greenberg Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Matthew N. Greller Matthew N. Greller, Esq., LLC Cathleen Giuliana Attorney, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Laurie Gutshaw Former Chief of Staff, NJ Department of Transportation John Gutshaw Friend Barbara Farricker, Friend, Chatham, NJ Sigrid S. Franzblau Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hylanand & Perretti LLP William R. Hagaman, Mr., CPA, CGMA Managing Partner, CEO WithurnSmith+Brown, PC William R Healey Senior Vice President, Alman Group, LLC James Harkness Former Executive Director, NJ Senate Republicans Francesca Hahn Friend, Medford 6 Jaan Haus Attorney, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Jody Herkloz MBI-Gluck Shaw Art Herrmann Director, Prudential Jeanette Hoffman Friend Laverne Holloway Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Julie Holman Manager, First Energy Corp. Suzanne Ianni, M.P.H. President and CEO, Hospital Alliance of New Jersey John Indyk Director, Health Care Association of New Jersey Judith Inguaggiato Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP David L. Isabel Golub Isabel & Cervino PC Milena Jacobs Friend, Bedminster Gerri Jones Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Paul Josephson Partner, Duane Morris LLP Lance Kalik Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Richard Kamin Partner, MBI-Gluck Shaw 7 Carol P. Katz Katz Government Affairs, LLC Jane Kenny Former Commissioner, NJ Department of Community Affairs Maryann Kicenuik Holy Name Medical Center Michael W. Klein Friend, Pennington Nancy Klein Friend, Stamford, CT John D Kohler Senior Governmental Affairs Agent, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Hersh Kozlov Managing Partner, Duane Morris LLP Paul Langevin President, NJ Association of Health Care Facilities Michael Lanza Senior Vice President, Selective Wendy Lazarus Director, Pfizer George J. LeBlanc Vice President, Rutgers Ronald Leibman Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Richard Levesque Vice President, MWW Nicole F. LoPresti Senior Vice President, New Jersey Apartment Association Jack Lettiere Former Commissioner, NJ Department of Transportation 8 Ross A. Lewin Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP James L. Lott, Jr. Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, LLP Chance Lykins MBI-Gluck Shaw Catherine Mabee Legal Secretary, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Lynn Madden Legal Secretary, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Peter J. McDonough Vice President for Public Affairs, Rutgers University Scot Mackey MBI-Gluck Shaw Kelly Maer Duane Morris Amy Mannino Fair Haven David Mannis Friend, Stamford, CT Alan Marcus The Marcus Group Arthur Marice Tonio Burgos and Associates of New Jersey, LLC Clark Martin MBI-Gluck Shaw Warren J. Martin Jr Principal, Porzio, Bromberg & Newman PC Paul Matacera MBI-Gluck Shaw 9 W. Nevins McCann Partner, Connell Foley LLP Barbara McConnell MBI Gluck Shaw Anne Mohan Attorney, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Keith Monacchio Friend, Hamilton Victoria Morrison Former Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Mark Musser, Former Secretary New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Deborah Natalino Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Kenneth Norcross Drinker Biddle & Reath William W. Northgrave McManimon Scotland Bauman Mike O’Connell Attorney, Pringle Quinn Anzano PC Anne Olsen Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Daniel O’Connell, Esq. Drinker Biddle & Reath John O’Connor Friend, Glenmont, NY Neal Oldendorp Friend Thomas O’Neil The Marcus Group 10 Annie Palladino Friend, Manasquan, NJ Anthony V. Palladino, Jr. Friend, Brielle, NJ Roseanne Palladino Friend, Brielle, NJ David J. Pascrell Director, Gibbons P.C. Glenn R. Paulsen Partner, Capehart Scatchard Anthony E. Pizzutillo Partner, Smith Pizzutillo LLC Linda Prentiss Attorney, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Rudy Randazzo Attorney, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Mark Rattner Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Leda Rapp Former Legal Secretary, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Alexa Richman-La Londe Attorney, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Brendan Roberts Friend, Brielle Mary Kathryn Roberts Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Michael Rossignol Attorney, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Joseph Roth President & CEO, New Jersey Sharing Network 11 Susan Satz Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Dorren Sauerborn Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP John J. Scally, Jr. Chiesa,Shahinian,Giatomasi, PC James J. Schulz Director, N. J. Dental Association Steven Senior Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Greg Severinsen, Friend Robert Severinsen, Friend Vincent Sharkey Attorney, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Joseph Simonetta Partner, Public Strategies Impact Anne Shulman Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Andrew Sinclair Former Executive Assistant, NJ Department of Transportation Camille Sinclair Former Communications Officer, NJ Department of Transportation Stan Sinclair Friend Catherine St. John Manager, Prudential Michael S. Stein Managing Partner, Pashman Stein 12 Kimberly Taikina Office Manager, Onyx Equities LLC Robert Tartaglia Manager, JPMorgan Chase John M. Tassillo, Jr. Attorney, The Law Office of John M. Tassillo, Jr. LLC Joseph Taylor President/CEO, Matrix Development Group Jeffrey J. Toia Director, The Garibaldi Group Michael Torpey President, A.F.T. Associates, LLC Patrick Torpey Partner, 1868 Public Affairs Frank Vitolo Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Sally Volk Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Richard Van Wagner Partner, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC James Watkins Friend , Montville Marcia Wefelmeier Attorney, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP (London) James Weinstein Former Commissioner, NJ Department of Transportation Larry Weitzner Partner, Jamestown Associates John C. Whipple Whipple Azzarello, LLC 13 Tom Wilson Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ Robin Wolfsohn Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Rick Wright Partner, MBI-GluckShaw Sally Wright Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Mark Yeager MRY Associates Linda and Mitch Zajac Former employees, NJ Department of Transportation Anthony Zarillo, Jr. Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Patricia Zita Principal, Kaufman Zita Group LLC

Friends of John Sheridan Want Cause of Death Changed to ‘Undetermined’