Saturday, January 9, 2010

Historian Gets Two-Week Reprieve

Yesterday Municipal Court Judge Mark Apostolou ordered Asbury Park's only officially named historian, Werner Baumgartner, to return to the city's courtroom in two weeks at which time he will face 28 days in jail and multiple fines amounting to $19,000.
(See previous story for nature of fines.)
Baumgartner was represented in court yesterday by James Hundley, of Hundley and Parry PC, Neptune. Hundley asked the judge for time for Baumgartner to seek counseling for extreme mental stress. (Baumgartner is also facing the loss of his lakefront home, valued at more than $600,000.)
The judge also postponed in order to give Baumgartner's previous attorney, Jules Rossi, time to notify the court that he is no longer representing Baumgartner.
Code official Bill Gray furnished the court and Hundley with his latest report on the 5th Av property. However, Baumgartner has not yet seen its contents.

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