Judge upholds suspension against officer acquitted on charges he falsely arrested a lawmaker


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WOODBURY, New Jersey — A judge has upheld the suspension of a southern New Jersey police officer cleared of charges that he made a bogus drunken-driving arrest of a state lawmaker.

But the judge also ruled that Joseph DiBuonaventura should be paid for the period between his acquittal and when the Washington Township Police Department filed internal charges against him. It's unclear how much he'll be paid.

DiBuonaventura faced 14 counts, including official misconduct, in connection with the 2012 arrest of Assemblyman Paul Moriarty. All charges against the lawmaker were dismissed in 2013.

A jury acquitted the officer on all counts last month, but he remains suspended without pay.

His attorney disagreed with the judge's decision to uphold the suspension. She says they're working to recoup additional back pay from the township.

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