Indictment in alleged Hoboken hit-and-run that killed basketball star’s cousin

first_img× HOBOKEN — A Hudson County grand jury returned an indictment against Mark T. Nicholas, age 51, of Brooklyn on Feb. 28 charging him with second degree crime of Death by Auto and the second degree crime of knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death.Nicholas was the alleged driver of a black Cadillac Escalade that struck and killed Zachary Simmons on the corner of Willow and Sixth Streets in Hoboken on Jun. 25 last year.Simmons, a 21-year-old from Ramsey, was struck at approximately 3:30 a.m.The Ramsey High School graduate was the cousin of recent Philadelphia 76ers draft pick Ben Simmons.Simmons, was pronounced dead at 4:25 a.m. at Jersey City Medical Center.Nicholas is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in Hudson County on March 13.last_img

Justices find time for work in the classroom

first_img Justices find time for work in the classroom Hands were raised as high as their little fingers could reach — the students were jumping up and down in their seats with total enthusiasm. What was so exciting in this fifth grade classroom? The students were participating in an exercise on the U.S. Constitution, and they had even given up their recess to meet with Justice Fred Lewis.No stranger to Florida’s public schools, Justice Lewis was visiting Beauclerc Elementary in Jacksonville with Annette Boyd Pitts, executive director of The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc., and Sonya Hoener, a local attorney. Julie Hayden, a fifth grade teacher at Beauclerc, hosted the visit.The activity centered around the U.S. Constitution, “a topic most Americans are woefully deficient in,” Pitts said, adding, however, that in this classroom, “interest was high and minds were alert.”The presentation was lively, filled with interactive questions, historical situations, and contemporary issues. The fifth grade students had to “think constitutionally” and determine how much they valued each of their rights, Pitts said.“The students had to imagine themselves as adults in the year 2030,” Pitts said. “Then in groups, the students had to reach a consensus for the country. They had to decide which rights to keep in a challenging scenario where some of their rights would be lost.”Pitts said the exercise helps students understand how important it is to know their rights and how they impact their lives.“All of our rights are related,” one fifth grade student said. “You shouldn’t want to give up any of your rights.”The students also received pocket Constitutions which the guests autographed.Michael, another student, said: “When I get home, I am going to put my Constitution in my special drawer. I am going to save it and take it out when I become a lawyer and remember this special day when I met a Supreme Court justice.”Another student, Rade from Croatia, recited the preamble to the U.S. Constitution and part of the Declaration of Independence for Justice Lewis.“I love living in this country,” he said.This is but one snapshot from a multitude of schools visited by the Supreme Court justices each year. The justices take to the classrooms during Constitution Week and beyond to teach students about the courts and the Constitution using effective law related education teaching techniques.“This is one of my greatest joys,” said Justice Lewis, who visits schools three or more times a month. While in Jacksonville recently, Justice Lewis visited two high schools, one elementary school, and assisted Pitts with a teacher training session. This year, during Constitution Week, the justices visited elementary, middle, and high schools as well as juvenile justice facilities. Constitution Week is celebrated nationally to engage youth in better understanding the nation’s constitutional history, governmental processes, and the democratic principles which bind Americans together.Justices Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince visited with Florida’s female juvenile offenders at the Florida Institute for Girls. The students shared their experiences in the judicial system with the two justices. Many of the young girls had spent multiple years behind bars for offenses ranging from carjacking and kidnapping to manslaughter. The facility served as their final stop before adult prison.The tables were turned this day as the girls became the judges in a Fourth Amendment search and seizure exercise, Pitts said. They participated in a healthy debate about balancing the safety and protection of society with the rights of the individual.Justice Pariente also visited Jupiter High School and the Middle School for the Arts in West Palm Beach.Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead visited a class of students at Leon High School in Tallahassee, where the students explored a real case and simulated a Supreme Court conference activity. Asked to come back with a unanimous decision on the case, the students could not.“They were able to roll up their sleeves and tackle some of the difficult issues faced by the courts in this country,” said Pitts, who accompanied Chief Justice Anstead during the visit. “We didn’t expect them to bring back a unanimous decision; we wanted them to experience the process thoroughly and discuss the issues.”Chief Justice Anstead also shared his personal story about his humble beginnings in Jacksonville and how he grew up to serve as a Supreme Court justice.Justice Charles Wells visited his alma mater, Boone High School in Orlando, and his presentation took place in a courtroom on the high school campus that had been dedicated in his honor earlier in the year.“A lively, substantive program was delivered with ninth through 12th grade high school law students participating,” Pitts said. “Justice Wells autographed personal Constitutions for the students.” Justices find time for work in the classroomcenter_img January 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more