Ramapo judge disposes of case from 1996

Cases in town and village courts can be unique

And disposing of cases can be slow. In Ramapo, for example, cases can move at a snail’s place.

On Tuesday, Justice Alan Simon dealt with a case dating to 1996. Simon only got elected to the Ramapo bench in November 2011, so he had inherited this case.

The case concerned a shoplifting charge against Melissa England. Police accused her of stealing $193.39 from a supermarket no longer open. “A lot of cookies,” Simon said.

England is now living in Tennessee. She apparently had failed many years ago to appear in court in the charge. Attorney Terry Ryan of Suffern appeared in court.

Simon closed the case by dismissing the charge in the interest of justice at Ryan’s suggestion. The prosecutor, Jason Rosenwasser, agreed.

“I no longer found this socially or criminally significant,” Simon said in dismissing the case.

Ryan provided some good news by telling the judge that England “is OK now.”

Simon responded, “I am glad to hear that.”

Steve Lieberman

Steve Lieberman joined The Journal News as an editor in February 1984 and became a reporter during the spring of 1986. He has covered police, courts and legal issues for more than a decade, after reporting on county, town, village and state governments and general issues. He received more than a dozen state awards for writing and reporting. Born and raised in The Bronx, he has lived in Rockland since 1988.