After many legal setbacks, Aakash Dalal — accused of masterminding the firebombing of a New Jersey syn- agogue and the home of a rabbi in 2012 — has finally scored a victory.
The New Jersey State Supreme Court, July 20, ‘ordered,
effective immediately and until further order, that Superior
Court Judge Joseph V Isabella, in addition to his regular
assignment, is also temporarily assigned to the Criminal
Division of Superior Court in Bergen County (Vicinage 2)
for the limited specific purpose of handling State v Aakash
A Dalal and Anthony Graziano… with all proceedings in
this matter to take place in Bergen County.’
The Dalals had been trying to get the case moved to
another country or have it assigned to a judge from anoth-
er county after Aakash was accused of threatening two
Superior Court judges.
‘The threat allegations prompted Dalal’s attorney to seek
a change of venue, contending that reasonable questions
could be raised about the appearance of impartiality if any
Bergen County judge presided over the case,’
Their request was denied early last year (India Abroad,
February 28, 2014), but this June, the Supreme Court ‘held
that a reasonable, fully informed observer could have
doubts about a Bergen County judge’s impartiality and
remanded the case to determine if a judge from another
county should be brought in or if the case should be trans-
ferred to a different county,’ Northjersey.com reported.
Judge Isabella is a Hudson County judge.
The former Rutgers University student has been in solitary confinement for 21 hours a day, his attorney’s attempts
to get the $4 million bail amount reduced to $2 million in
case gets a
Aakash Dalal in court.