Are you kidding us?
The people who run a whole bunch of towns hire an attorney who is on the ineligible list, that attorney handles a bunch of cases while officially "ineligible," and the best that attorney can come up with is a variation of that classic Bill Clinton line: "Mistakes were made."
Wikipedia has a whole entry on this example of political doubletalk:
"Mistakes were made" is an expression that is commonly used as a rhetorical device, whereby a speaker acknowledges that a situation was handled poorly or inappropriately but seeks to evade any direct admission or accusation of responsibility by not specifying the person who made the mistakes. The acknowledgement of "mistakes" is framed in an abstract sense, with no direct reference to who made the mistakes. A less evasive construction might be along the lines of "I made mistakes" or "John Doe made mistakes." The speaker neither accepts personal responsibility nor accuses anyone else. The word "mistakes" also does not imply intent.
Kudos to old "Maxie" Max Pizarro over at InsiderNJ who got Assembly candidate and Morris County Freeholder John Cesaro to speak on the record:
“It was a clerical error and it was 100% fixed,” Cesaro told InsiderNJ. “I spoke to the people down at the organization as soon as I found out about this, and as of this afternoon, the problem was resolved. I want to thank my opponent for bringing it to my attention.”
Somebody has some big balls!
The problems are just beginning. The failure by those local governments to ensure that John Cesaro was eligible to practice law could pose serious problems for those towns. The outcome of any case in which Cesaro served as a prosecutor or public defender could now be called into question by those involved. They could all be subject to motions to vacate, or requests for a new trial. Any party dissatisfied with an outcome could bring such a motion. This could end up costing these towns big -- and leave property taxpayers with a enormous bill.
In case, you missed what this is about, here's the skinny: An October 19, 2016 order by the New Jersey State Supreme Court, reflected in a search of the New Jersey Attorney Index, notes that attorney John Cesaro has been administratively ineligible to practice law in New Jersey since October 21, 2016 for failure to maintain compliance with the requirements of Rule 1:28A-2(d).
Who ever knew that John Cesaro was such a wild man? And Cesaro certainly works for a lot of municipalities:
The local property taxpayers of these towns should invest in some soothing ointment. By the time this is all over, they are going to need it.