Charges reduced in Bubblegum (sex crime charges dropped and Horton still in custody) State of NJ v. Horton


Raw charges reduced to Bubblegum (Why is he still in jail?): State of Monmouth County, NJ v. Franklin Horton (regarding #FREEFRANK supporters)

2 weeks after the prosecutor dropped 1st and 2nd degree sexual offenses against a black man accused of assaulting a white teenager, he remains in custody at Monmouth Co.

FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY, USA, July 29, 2022 / — Franklin D. Horton, an African American prisoner at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility, has been acquitted of all sex crimes previously charged in part of a four-year (hearsay) lawsuit, according to recent Monmouth County Superior Court court transcripts (State v. Horton, Monmouth Co., NJ Supr. Ct., Crim. No. 18003427 ).

Chief Presiding Judge Marc C. Lemieux told Defendant Horton that “the state will dismiss all seven sexual offense counts of the criminal indictment and recommend four years’ probation for imprisonment as punishment for blowing smoke in the face of a minor with a vape-pen (a device that cannot produce smoke).

The day before Horton’s plea hearing in Superior Court, he filed an emergency mandamus motion with the New Jersey Appeals Division stating in an affidavit ( that he feared that his defense attorney and the prosecutor would force him to commit fraud in court by agreeing to be guilty of a crime that was legally or physically impossible to commit even if he had blown ” vape” in the face of a miner with a vape pen. Additionally, this petition raised the question of why there was no scheduled jury trial after four years.

Horton was supported on social media by several celebrities such as T-Boz, Terrell Owens and Bootsy Collins during his declaration of innocence last month ( //

A lawsuit started four years ago with seven counts of first-degree sexual assault against a minor aged 12 to 13 has turned into a legal fiction since a vape pen could never produce smoke. The county justice department that wanted Horton to serve 10 to 25 years in prison agreed that he was only guilty of committing a lesser offense of stealing a packet of chewing gum.

Today, Horton remains jailed in the Monmouth County Jail, as an African American prisoner, despite the state dropping all sex offense charges, after serving four years on fabricated allegations by West Long Branch police without evidence or DNA, the court heard. recordings.

The Monmouth County Attorney’s Office and Monmouth County Court have been contacted by the media asking why Horton is still in custody. But neither office had responded to this request before the publication of this press article.

See the court transcript linked to this news content (New Jersey v. Franklin Horton (NJ Sup. Ct. Crim. Case No. 18003427) (

Sources of support:

Monmouth County, New Jersey: Black man jailed for 4 years despite no DNA or evidence (March 18, 2022)

State of New Jersey v. Franklin Horton – Case Updates (Court Order on Recent Hearing) (December 2, 2021)

Petition for acquittal hearing scheduled in NJ sexual assault case (State v. Horton) (September 3, 2021)

Third judge named in sexual assault case (well into third year) involving NJ Handyman, White Teenage Girl (September 13, 2021)

To Kill A Mockingbird’ (in 2021-): Racial Inequity Is a Material Question of Law or Fact in ‘State of NJ v. Horton (December 2, 2021)–racial-inequity-a-substantial-question-of-law-or-fact-in-state-of -nj-v-horton

Amanda Liu
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