News & Updates: November, 2018

Opinion: A Last Hope for Truth in a Mass Lynching (New York Times)

By The New York Times Editorial Board, Monday, October 8, 2018
A federal appeals court should release records of a grand jury that held no one responsible for a 1946 Georgia horror.

“The best people in town won’t talk,” a Georgia state trooper said after the white citizens of Walton County, embracing the Jim Crow code, pleaded ignorance about the mob that murdered two African-American couples in 1946, shooting them numerous times at point-blank range.

President Harry Truman ordered an extensive F.B.I. investigation of this horror, known as the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching, America’s last mass lynching. More than 100 people were summoned to a grand jury that failed to indict anyone in the deaths of George W. Dorsey, his wife, Mae Murray Dorsey, and Roger and Dorothy Malcom (sometimes spelled Malcolm). The murders, like virtually all lynchings, remain unsolved.

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Sealed transcripts could hold clues in 1946 Moore’s Ford lynching case

By Brad Schrade - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Posted: 1:01 p.m. Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Attorney Joseph J. Bell Appears Before Eleventh Circuit Court in Atlanta, 10/3/2018

The 1946 Moore’s Ford lynching remains one of Georgia’s most notorious acts of racial terror. But an enduring question in the case is this: What happened inside a closed grand jury room to justify no one in the white mob getting charged?

Now, nearly 72 years after the federal grand jury met in Athens to consider the evidence collected in a massive FBI investigation, part of that mystery may be closer to a resolution.

Transcripts from the grand jury proceedings — long purported to be lost or destroyed — have surfaced. The legal battle to determine if they will be publicly released comes to Atlanta on Wednesday. ...  READ MORE  >>


Historian Seeks Grand Jury Transcripts in Notorious Lynching

10/3/2018  |  The New York Times

ATLANTA — Seven decades ago, a federal grand jury in Georgia heard 16 days of testimony but declared itself unable identify or indict anyone involved in the brazen lynching of two young black couples on a country road. Now a historian is fighting to find out what happened in that grand jury room. READ MORE  >>


More Media Coverage of October 3 Oral Arguments Before Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (Joe Bell On Behalf of Anthony Pitch)

10/8/2018  |  Compiled by Chip Hartman

U.S., Historian Battle Over Unsealing Records on 1946 Lynching
By Kate Brumback, The Philadelphia Tribune
Oct. 6, 2018

Moore’s Ford lynching case: Sides argue over release of secret transcripts
By Brad Schrade, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, GA
Oct. 3, 2018

Historian seeks grand jury transcripts in Moore’s Ford lynching
By Kate Brumback, Online Athens, Athens, GA
Oct. 3, 2018

Historian wants grand jury transcripts in notorious lynching
by Associated Press,, Jacksonville, FL
Oct. 3, 2018

Historian seeks grand jury transcripts in notorious lynching
By Kate Brumback, The Tribune of San Luis Obispo, CA
Oct. 2, 2018


The 1946 Moore’s Ford Lynching Case: Another Push for Justice on 10/3/2018

9/15/2018  |  Chip Hartman

By all assessments, the 1946 Moore’s Ford Lynching in Walton County, GA, still stands as America’s last unsolved mass murder. On October 3, 2018 in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Attorney Joe Bell will deliver oral arguments to win an affirmation of his victory in the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia back on August 18, 2017. The Eleventh Circuit Court's decision will either bring a long overdue closure to this 72-year-old case or consign it to an obscure and fading memory. READ MORE  >>


Lopatcong Mayor Can't Unilaterally Appoint Town Attorney, Court Rules

8/27/2018  |  By Michael Booth

Appellate Division Judges Allison Accurso and Francis Vernoia said that while Lopatcong was organized under the Faulkner Act, which presumes a strong mayoral form of government, all appointments must be made with the advice and consent of the township council. ...  READ MORE  >>


County Clerk Ann Grossi Honors EMTs and Paramedics


County Clerk Ann F. Grossi cordially invites you to an event honoring EMTs and paramedics who have served in the military Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 5:00 PM 7:00 PM The Frelinghuysen Arboretum Haggerty Education Center 353 East Hanover Avenue Morris Township Refreshments will be served. ...  READ MORE  >>


Facial Recognition Technology Will Change the Way We Live

7/10/2018  |  The Economist

Facial recognition technology will transform the way we live in 2018. Machines that can read and recognise our faces will go mainstream, opening up exciting possibilities and posing new dangers. In 2018 machines that can read your face will go mainstream, changing the way we live. Your face will become your password, ...  READ MORE  >>


U.S. Supreme Court Roundup – 2017-2018

6/28/2018  |  National Law Review, by Stephanie L. Adler-Paindiris & Jeffrey W. Brecher

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended June 2018 included decisions on many topics important to workplace law, including class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements, public-sector “agency shop” arrangements, and the Fair Labor Standard Act’s “automobile dealer” overtime exemption. ...  READ MORE  >>


Alphabet Soup: ADA, FMLA, WC, OSHA, GINA --What Laws Apply to a Workplace Injury?

6/4/2018  |  National Law Review, Lilian Doan Davis

Employers face a host of compliance challenges under state and federal law when an employee suffers a workplace injury. As we recently reported, employers must consider the legal implications of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ...  READ MORE  >>


Connecticut Bans Employers From Inquiring about Applicants' Pay History

Connecticut is about to join a growing number of states and localities that have prohibited employers from inquiring about an applicant's pay history during the hiring process. On May 4, the General Assembly approved a bill barring employers from asking, or directing a third party to ask about ...  READ MORE  >>


Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Law that Bans Sports Betting

ABA Journal  —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars states from authorizing sports betting. The court ruled that the law violates the principle of dual sovereignty by commandeering the states. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it doesn’t do so, ...  READ MORE  >>


Body Camera Maker Weighs Adding Facial Recognition Technology

NPR  —  The largest supplier of law enforcement body cameras in the U.S. is exploring pairing its cameras with new AI capabilities — including real-time face recognition. Axon, formerly known as Taser International, sparked controversy late last month when it announced the creation ...  READ MORE  >>


Joe Bell Remembers Yogi and Other Highlights from Morris Clerk Days

Video of 4/18/2018 Event by Kevin Coughlin

Attorney Joseph Bell fondly recalls his days as Morris County Clerk (1983-88) at unveiling of Wall of Honor at Clerk's office in Morristown, April 18, 2018. Video by Kevin Coughlin for Event coordinated and hosted by current Morris County Clerk, Ann Grossi, Esq.



Morris Churches ask NJ Supreme Court to Reconsider Decision Barring Repair Grants

Attorney Joseph J. Bell, IV Quoted in Story

MORRISTOWN, NJ - By Kevin Coughlin,  Claiming that they lost based largely on a “false factual premise,” a dozen Morris County churches are asking the New Jersey Supreme Court to reconsider last month’s unanimous decision ending county historic preservation grants to the houses of worship. ...  READ MORE  >>


An Innovative Tenure Recognized: Former County Clerk Joseph J. Bell

MORRISTOWN, NJ - By Laura Ali, TAPInto Parsippany: Voting by Telephone is something that sounds like a 2018 initiative but in fact it was the brain child of the sole living former County Clerk's - Joseph J. Bell. On Wednesday evening, April 18, 2018, surrounded by family and his former staff, Bell was honored at current Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi’s “Through the Ages” tribute in Morristown. ...  READ MORE  >>


Former Morris County Clerk Joe Bell Honored in Morristown

Former Morris Clerk Joe Bell and present Clerk Ann Grossi unveil Wall of Honor in Clerk's Office, April 18, 2018. Article below and photos by Kevin Coughlin,

Over the last 279 years, only 31 people have served as Morris County Clerk.

Joseph Bell belongs to an even more exclusive group. He is the only living former Clerk, a fact he wryly acknowledged at the April 18, 2018 unveiling of a Wall of Honor in the county Clerk’s office in Morristown.




Massachusetts Equal Pay Law Takes Effect 7/1/2018

An updated Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) will go into effect on July 1, 2018. The new law will provide greater clarity as to what constitutes unlawful wage discrimination and will add protections to ensure greater fairness and equity in the workplace. The statute, Chapter 177 of the Acts of 2016 ...  READ MORE  >>


Bell & Shivas, P.C. Supports Operation Give Back

ROCKAWAY, NJ — Bell & Shivas, P. C. is a proud participant in Operation Give Back, sponsored by the Morris County Clerk's Office, through which we provide discounts on legal services to Morris County veterans who have a County ID Card. The program was created by the Morris County Clerk's office to thank our veterans ...  READ MORE  >>


The AT&T Antitrust Trial: What It Means for You

NEW YORK — On Monday, AT&T squares off against the federal government in a trial that could shape how you get — and how much you pay for — streaming TV and movies. AT&T says it needs to gobble up Time Warner if it’s to have a chance against the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Google in the rapidly evolving world ...  READ MORE  >>


Margit G. Novak v. County of Warren

Plaintiff filed an inverse condemnation action against our client the County of Warren claiming that the County of Warren regulated her property into in-utility by not approving her driveway permit application fifteen years after subdivision approval. The action was filed about twenty-five years after the ...  READ MORE  >>


Moore's Ford Case: A Visual Chronology

This visual chronology of events is based on the exhaustive research of Anthony S. Pitch, author of the book "The Last Lynching: How a Gruesome Mass Murder Rocked a Small Georgia Town" (Skyhorse Publishing, ©2016) inarguably the leading expert on all facts pertaining to the Moore's Ford Lynching in 1946. ...  READ MORE  >>


Ann Grossi Kickoff Event

Morris County Clerk Ann F. Grossi, Esq. will launch her campaign kickoff event on Mon., Feb. 12, 2018 at 7 pm. The event will be held at the Watnong VFW # 3401, 45 Tabor Road, Morris Plains, NJ 07950. The Host Committee consists of NJ State Senators Thomas H. Kean (District 21), Steven V. Oroho (District 24), ...  READ MORE  >>


Moore's Ford: 11th Circuit Requires Mediation

The Eleventh Circuit Court protocol requires that all appealed cases go through a mediation session in an attempt to resolve the issue. The Moore's Ford Lynching case is a unique legal issue that can only be resolved through court action. Both sides (Joe Bell on behalf of Anthony S. Pitch ...  READ MORE  >>


Appointments & Reappointments

Joseph J. Bell has been named Attorney for the Boro of Rockaway, New Jersey effective January, 2018. He has also been re-appointed Boro Counsel for the Boro of Florham Park, NJ, re-selected as Counsel for Rockaway Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, re-appointed Public Defender for the ...  READ MORE  >>


Proud Sponsors of PBS "Dream of Italy" ®

Bell & Shivas, P. C. is a proud sponsor of Dream of Italy® (Season 2), a PBS series showcasing the artistry of Kathy McCabe and her love of Italy. Topics include: ancestry & citizenship, Christmas in Italy, getting around, Italian life & history, recipes, travel tips, real estate & expat life, and taking the kids to Italy. ...  READ MORE  >>


1946 Moore's Ford Lynching Case: Victory!

Judge Marc Thomas Treadwell today ruled that Anthony S. Pitch's motion to unseal the Grand Jury testimony from the 1946 Moore's Ford Grand Jury has been granted. Read Judge Treadwell's decision for detailed information. IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA ...  READ MORE  >>


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One of the biggest mistakes clients and potential clients make in the criminal context is making statements to the police without having first obtained a competent criminal defense attorney. Whether or not you have been formally labeled as a suspect, never waive your constitutional rights ...  READ MORE  >>








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