Judge James Troiano Biography – Judge James Troiano Wiki
Judge James Troiano (James G. Troiano) is a New Jersey family court judge.
Troiano pursued a career as a Republican in politics in the 1980s. He served as councilman, deputy mayor and mayor in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, from 1987 to 1992. He was also a municipal prosecutor in Hillside, New Jersey, from 1982 to 1986. He worked as Freeholder Vice President Legislative Aide, Essex County Arthur Clay in 1982. Troiano ran as a Republican for county executive in 1982, but lost that race.
Troiano first became a judge in 1992 in Essex County. He served on the bench as both a family division and law division judge and was tenured in 1999. He retired around 2011, but was recalled to the bench as a senior judge for two-year terms beginning in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019.
Judge James Troiano Age
He is 69 years old.
Judge James Troiano Education
He received his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in 1972 and his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Stamford University in 1975.
Judge James Troiano Wife
Troiano is married.
Judge James Troiano Children
He has two children, a son and a daughter. His son, Matthew James Troiano, is a former prosecutor in Morris County, New Jersey, who now works in private practice.
Judge James Troiano Controversial Ruling
Judge James Troiano granted leniency to a 16-year-old from Monmouth County who is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party and recording the sexual assault on video.
Troiano was strongly criticized by the state’s appeals court after he declined prosecutors’ request for a teen accused of raping a visibly intoxicated 16-year-old girl to be tried as an adult.
He was sharply rebuked by the appeals court not just for his decision in the case, but for the rhetoric he used in his ruling last year. In Troiano’s ruling, he said the teen who is accused of filming his alleged rape and sharing the video with friends was an Eagle Scout who came from a “good family” and was doing “extremely well” at an “excellent school.”
Troiano said in his ruling that he didn’t think the case qualified as a “traditional” rape, noting that he draws a “distinction” between rape and sexual assault. Troiano said he believes rape generally occurs with the involvement of two or more males using a gun or weapon to force a person into an abandoned area and “just simply taking advantage of the person as well as beating the person, threatening the person.”
He denied the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s waiver to try the teenager in adult court, saying the incident did not occur under such “egregious” conditions. The prosecutor’s office recommended the case be tried in adult court in September 2017.