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Exasperated Judge Postpones Cirilo Trial Until Feb. 6

Judge annoyed as West Orange council president says he's hired a new lawyer and seeks expert testimony from his personal doctor and needs additional delay in trial.

The Verona DWI case involving West Orange Council President Victor Cirilo was postponed yet again Wednesday after he changed lawyers and requested more time to consult with his lawyer and seek expert testimony from his personal doctor.

An exasperated Judge John A. Paparazzo appeared annoyed in Verona Municipal Court when Cirilo’s attorney, Roy Breslow of Verona, made the request for an additional postponement, but agreed to delay the trial until Feb. 6.

Paparazzo questioned why Breslow wasn’t ready saying Cirilo had ample time to prepare for the case and saying Breslow should have been ready by now.

Cirilo is seeking expert testimony from his doctor about his field sobriety test, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Paparazzo said there was no way he would postpone the trial again and said he was annoyed the case was not ready to move forward.

Cirilo is charged with driving while intoxicated following a Nov. 9, 2012 police stop after he made a turn from Bloomfield Avenue onto Mount Prospect Avenue (Route 23) just after midnight, Verona Police Chief Douglas Huber said at the time.

On Jan. 2, Verona Municipal Court Administrator Jean DePoe said that postponement was granted at Cirilo’s lawyer’s request.

At the time of his arrest, Cirilo was administered a field sobriety test, Huber said, but he refused to take a blood alcohol test.

Cirilo also faces careless driving and failure to keep right charges. He was originally scheduled to appear in Verona Municipal Court on Wednesday, Nov. 21, but that date was also postponed.

Cirilo apologized for the arrest in a letter to the editor immediately after his November arrest, saying he intends to fight the charges and asking residents to not make a rush to judgment.

West Orange officials refused comment on the arrest at the time, according to a statement released by township public information officer Jessica Glicker.

Cirilo, who won his first council term in 2010, was elected in the township’s non-partisan elections. His current term expires in 2014.

He is employed as the executive director of the housing authority of the city of Passaic and has served West Orange as a board member of the Downtown West Orange Alliance and the John Renna House, as well as serving stints on the West Orange Public Library Board and the West Orange Valley Revitalization Committee.

Cirilo also served as the field director for Sen. Robert Menendez’s suburban Essex County campaign operation and as chief of staff for state Assemb. John McKeon.

john anthony prignano January 19, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Should read " I think thou doth protest too much ."
john anthony prignano January 19, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Shakespeare - Macbeth; " Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
Gary Englert January 19, 2013 at 08:07 PM
john anthony prignano: Finally, an honest self-assessment?
Alex Sohn January 19, 2013 at 09:31 PM
The West Orange Chronicle had a brief article in the 20 Dec 2012 edition stating that Victor was represented at his pretrial conference on 12 Dec by Sal M. Anderton who had entered the not-guilty plea at the 21 Nov arraignment. Mr. Anderton is a long-time friend (and former college room mate) of Victor's. Anderton is a lobbyist and a governmental affairs attorney -- Mr. Cirilo clearly needs a DWI specialist if he intends to vigorously fight the charge. That might be the reason for the change in representation. The reason for the multiple delays is anyone's guess.
Gary Englert January 20, 2013 at 05:37 PM
hugh lindsay: Well, yours is certainly some not very enlightened thought...not to mention a complete disregard of the fundamental Constitutional protection afforded all of us; that being one is innocent until proven guilty. The suggestion that Mr. Cirilo is somehow benefiting here from being an elected official is also without any basis, In reality, it is quite the contrary as the man is being tried and convicted in the media. In 2008, there were 24,313 DUI arrests in New Jersey, the vast majority of which were not reported in the media, nor were the accused subject to ridicule, rebuke and derision before a verdict was even rendered. The only thing making this the least bit "newsworthy" is that Mr. Cirilo holds an elective office. So, just how do you think the man is getting a "free pass?" It's not that at all; what it's called is due process and each and every one of us is entitled to it.

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