Case at heart of calls for freeholder’s resignation was dismissed five days after it was filed

The case at the heart of a Camden County GOP call for the resignation of County Freeholder director Lou Cappelli was dismissed five days after it was filed, documents provided this afternoon by Cappelli show.

According to police, on July 20, 2008 Cappelli was charged with simple assault after allegedly slamming his wife’s arm in a door, “causing a visible injury.”  

Thursday, the county GOP called on Cappelli to step down from the freeholder board and drop his reelection bid.

But transcripts of a July 25, 2008 Superior Court hearing show that the case and a corresponding restraining order taken out by Cappelli’s wife were dropped at her request.

A cross complaint filed by Cappelli against his wife and a restraining order obtained by him, also were dropped.  During the hearing, Judge Kyran Connor asked Jacqueline Cappelli to explain why she now felt safe enough to vacate the restraining order.  In answer, Jacqueline Cappelli told Connor “it was my lashing out that caused the argument.”

In a statement issued with the transcript, Cappelli called reports of the assault complaint “inaccurate and misleading” and said “No assault by me occurred.”

“Unfortunately, the divorce proceedings have continued and are continuing,” Cappelli said. “I am certain that in those proceedings the other baseless allegations will likewise be dismissed.”

Jacqueline Cappelli also has filed a civil suit against her husband and another man alleging fraud, embezzlement and forgery.  The suit alleges that Cappelli withdrew almost $300,000 from a joint account without her knowledge using a fradulent power of attorney. 

Case at heart of calls for freeholder’s resignation was dismissed five days after it was filed