Lawyer Suspended For Bringing Gun To Court

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  TOMS RIVER – An attorney was censured for bringing a gun loaded with hollow-point bullets to court in 2018.

  Charles Canning Daley Jr., of Toms River, had previously pleaded guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Handgun without a proper permit.

  The Disciplinary Review Board of the Supreme Court of New Jersey decided that he should be barred from practicing law for six months, however the judge declared that a censure was more appropriate. A censure basically means that this will be a mark on his permanent record but brings with it no other penalty.

  The directive from the Supreme Court noted that he was given a lesser punishment because he was not a threat to anyone.

  They did note that he must provide proof from a mental health professional that he is fit to practice law.

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  News reports indicate that he had the weapon, a .22 caliber handgun, in his backpack and it was picked up by the metal detector. He told police he was going to a shooting range with a friend, but plans changed and he forgot to take the gun out.