JANUARY 2014 - ROCCO CIPPARONE JR. TEACHING CRIMINAL PRACTICE AT RUTGERS LAW SCHOOL
As he has for more than two decades, Rocco Cipparone continues to train soon-to-be
prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers through his adjunct faculty teaching at Rutgers Law School Camden NJ. Mr. Cipparone
has been reappointed to the faculty again this year.
Mon, March 17, 2014 | link
OCTOBER 22, 2013 - LANDMARK FEDERAL APPEAL WIN ACHIEVED BY ROCCO CIPPARONE JR.
Tue, October 22, 2013 | link
Announcing a LANDMARK LEGAL
VICTORY today in the Third Circuit appeals court (a court just under the U.S. Supreme Court) involving the intersection of
technology and constitutional issues which no federal appeals court had yet decided. Mr. Cipparone litigated the case from
start to finish and thereby has helped shape the evolution of constitutional law.
The court ruled in our client’s favor that the FBI-directed search of a van based
on use of a GPS tracker affixed to the van without a search warrant violated the 4th Amendment. All the seized evidence is
inadmissible at trial, which effectively means all charges will be dismissed.
Mr. Cipparone also successfully argued that our passenger client could challenge the
evidence despite not owning the van (normally a bar to such a challenge) because when the van was stopped it was a seizure
of his person triggering the 4th Amendment. The decision enforces a constitutional right that protects EVERYONE from reckless unconstitutional searches, as the
court noted: “Where an officer decides
to take the Fourth Amendment inquiry into his own hands, rather than to seek a warrant from a ... [judge]… he acts
in a constitutionally reckless fashion.” The appeals court concluded that if the police conduct here was allowed, then "the police could intrude upon anyone’s
Fourth Amendment rights without fear of suppression . . . .” Read the full 116 page court opinion here: Official Court Opinion
DECEMBER 2011 - SOUTH JERSEY MAGAZINE NAMES ROCCO CIPPARONE AN AWESOME ATTORNEY
Mon, December 5, 2011 | link
Rocco C. Cipparone, Jr. again has been recognized in the December
2011 issue of South Jersey Magazine as a top attorney in the field of criminal defense. This is the fifth
time Mr. Cipparone has been recognized by South Jersey Magazine in that same context.
ROCCO CIPPARONE TELEVISION INTERVIEW REGARDING CARDINAL BEVILACQUA GRAND JURY TESTIMONY IN ALLEGED PHILADELPHIA CATHOLIC CHURCH
SEX ABUSE SCANDAL
Mon, August 1, 2011 | link
07-31-2011: Rocco C.
Cipparone, Jr. recently was interviewed by Fox 29's Joyce Evans regarding the release of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua's grand
jury testimony and its implications for the case against others, including Monsignor William Lynn (the highest ranking clergy
member to be charged to date) in the Philadelphia Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. To view the interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iE64VsZ0cw
ROCCO CIPPARONE JR. IS LAW DAY 2011 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Fri, April 29, 2011 | link
29, 2011: Rocco Cipparone Jr. was the invited Keynote Speaker at the Cumberland County Bar Association’s Celebration
of Law Day 2011. For an article regarding the event, CLICK HERE. This year’s national Law Day theme was “The Legacy of John Adams:
From Boston to Guantanamo.” Mr. Cipparone addressed a large group of prosecutors, defense lawyers, civil practice
lawyers, judges, citizens and others regarding the importance and difficulties of representing persons charged with unpopular
crimes, recognizing the representation of John Adams (the first lawyer U.S. President) of the British Soldiers accused in
the Boston Massacre.
ROCCO CIPPARONE JR. APPEARS ON GOOD DAY PHILADELPHIA
Fri, February 4, 2011 | link
February 4, 2011: Rocco Cipparone Jr. provides expert analysis regarding whether
you can sue for damage to your vehicle caused by those pesky potholes. To view the Fox 29 segment, click here.
LAWLINE.COM AWARDS ROCCO CIPPARONE AS MOST POPULAR CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION PRESENTER
November 17, 2010: Lawline.com, a Premier Provider of Continuing Education
Courses For Lawyers, awarded Rocco Cipparone as its Most Popular
Presenter of Continuing Legal Education Courses to other attorneys. To see some of the reviews by other lawyers who have
taken his courses, click here.
Thu, November 18, 2010 | link
NOV. 2010 - SOUTH JERSEY MAGAZINE NAMES ROCCO CIPPARONE AN AWESOME ATTORNEY
Thu, November 18, 2010 | link
Rocco C. Cipparone, Jr. again has been recognized in the November issue of
South Jersey Magazine as an "Awesome Attorney" in the field of criminal defense. Mr. Cipparone has been recognized
several times before by SJ Magazine in that same context.
ROCCO C. CIPPARONE, JR. APPEARS IN PBS SPECIAL
In September 2010 PBS aired
a special segment (watch it here) on “Need to Know”, a 60 minute news magazine, with retrospective in-depth analysis of the “Fort Dix Terrorism”
case and pre-emptive investigation and prosecution. The segment featured substantial interview with attorney Cipparone, the defense attorney who represented the lead defendant in the case, among others.
Wed, October 13, 2010 | link
FOX 29 CONSULTS ROCCO CIPPARONE JR. FOR EXPERT ANALYSIS OF JIHAD JANE CASE
Thu, March 11, 2010 | link Fox 29 News sought expert anaylsis
and commentary from Rocco C. Cipparone Jr. regarding the unsealing of a federal indictment charging Colleen Larose, a/k/a
"Jihad Jane", with several crimes including conspiracy regarding providing material support to terrorists and plotting
to kill a Swedish Cartoonist Lar Vilks concerning controversial cartoons penned by the artist. Mr.
Cipparone appeared on several live and video-taped segments on Fox 29 news in Philadelphia to analysis the case. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ONE INTERVIEW.
LAWLINE.COM ADDS ROCCO CIPPARONE JR. TO ITS FACULTY TO PROVIDE CONTINUING EDUCATION TO OTHER ATTORNEYS NATIONALLY
Wed, January 13, 2010 | link
Lawline.com asked Rocco C. Cipparone Jr. to join its faculty to provide continuing legal education courses to attorneys
nationally, who take the video courses to enhance their knowledge of substantive law and advanced trial techniques.
Joining the distinguished Lawline faculty is a natural extension of Mr. Cipparone's commitment to teaching at Rutgers
University Law School as well as teaching continuing education courses at live seminars, as he has done for many years.
AWESOME CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY 2009
South Jersey Magazine (Nov. 2009) has named Rocco C. Cipparone,
Jr. as an "AWESOME ATTORNEY" in the field of Criminal Defense, a distinction which he also received in
2004 and 2008. The magazine profiled
Mr. Cipparone as well in connection with the recognition.
Thu, November 19, 2009 | link
FOX 29 CONSULTS ROCCO CIPPARONE JR. FOR EXPERT ANALSYIS OF TRANSFER OF GUANTANAMO DETAINED ALLEGED TERRORISTS TO NEW YORK
FEDERAL COURT FOR TRIAL
Cipparone appeard on the Fox 29 News at 6 pm in an exclusive interview with Fox's Thomas Drayton regarding the decision by
President Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice to bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees
to New York for trial in federal civil court. Among other things, Mr. Cipparone discussed the likely
fact that the Justice Department will assign top-notch prosecutors to the case, the likelihood of waterboarding being
a legal issue of contention in the case, adn how the prosecution likely will approach the trial from a strategy perspective.
Thu, November 19, 2009 | link
ROCCO CIPPARONE JR. APPEARS ON FOX 29 AS EXPERT CONSULTANT REGARDING HEENE "BALLOON BOY" HOAX
10-18-2009: Again recognized for his experience and expertise as a criminal
defense attorney and former federal prosecutor, Rocco Cipparone was consulted by Fox 29 Philadelphia's reporter Julie Kim
for analysis of potential criminal charges that the parents of "Balloon Boy" could face related to the alleged hoax
by the Heene family in Colorado that their child was in danger being in a home made hot air balloon. Instead, the
child was hidden in the home. The hoax consumed substantial law enforcement resources and even briefly shut down Denver
airport. As Mr. Cipparone pointed out in his analysis, the Heine parents could face criminal prosecution for lying to
law enforcement officers, including federal charges which carry the stigma of a federal felony, potential jail term and other
Wed, October 21, 2009 | link
ROCCO CIPPARONE JR. APPEARS ON FOX 29 AS EXPERT CONSULTANT REGARDING COMPASSIONATE RELEASE OF LOCKERBIE BOMBER AL-MEGRAHI
Fri, August 21, 2009 | link
08-20-2009: Rocco Cipparone Jr.
appeared on the Five Spot with Fox 29's Kerri-Lee Halkett to discuss issues surrounding Scotland's compassionate
release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Al-Megrahi and reaction to it. Mr. Cipparone was consulted
for his expertise both as a criminal defense attorney and a former federal prosecutor. Click this link to view the video.
ROCCO CIPPARONE JR. APPEARS ON GOOD DAY PHILADELPHIA AS EXPERT CONSULTANT REGARDING CROWD BEATING OF MAN IN CHILD ASSAULT
Wed, June 3, 2009 | link
06-03-2009: Rocco Cipparone appeared as an expert commentator on Fox
29's Good Day Philadelphia (click here to watch video) regarding the arrest yesterday of Jose Carrasquillo, a suspect
in the sexual assault of an 11 year old girl, to discuss and analyze potential ramifications of the beating and apprehension
of the suspect by a crowd on the streets. Among other things, Mr. Cipparone discussed that although the actions and
reactions of the crowd are understandable from an emptional level given the nature of the crime allegedly committed, such
vigilantism can expose the members of the crowd unnecessarily to prosecution, incarceration, or physical harm themselves in
such a volatile and dangerous situation.
ROCCO CIPPARONE JR. APPEARS ON GOOD DAY PHILADELPHIA AS EXPERT CONSULTANT REGARDING NY TERRORISM ARRESTS
Fri, May 22, 2009 | link
ROCCO CIPPARONE RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS IN S.J. MAGAZINE LEGAL GUIDE
In the April 2009 issue of South Jersey Magazine (volume 6 issue 1), Rocco Cipparone
Jr. uses his expertise to respond to questions regarding the United States Department of Justice and FBI's recent focus
on mortgage fraud investigations and how subjects of those investigations should respond, as well as regarding the criteria
people should assess when hiring a criminal defense lawyer. For those interested, the specific questions and answers
Sat, April 4, 2009 | link
What is the emerging
trend in criminal investigations and how should involved persons respond?Answer: Some factors to consider are whether the attorney has handled a substantial
number of criminal trials and the complexity of the cases; whether the attorney is Board Certified by the New Jersey Supreme
Court as a Criminal Trial Attorney, of which there are only about 300 such attorneys state-wide; whether the attorney has
received positive peer recognition; and whether he/she has prior prosecutorial experience.
Answer: The FBI has pending about 2,500 mortgage fraud and corporate fraud investigations.
Those under investigation often make serious mistakes when responding to news of an investigation, even creating criminal
liability (such as for obstruction of justice regarding records) when the person or entity otherwise was guilty of nothing.
Prompt consultation with experienced criminal defense counsel to determine the best – and lawful – way
to respond is crucial.
Question: What should someone consider in
hiring a criminal defense attorney?
ROCCO CIPPARONE JR. IS SELECTED TO NJ SUPER LAWYERS LIST 2009
Rocco C. Cipparone Jr. has been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super
Lawyers List 2009, through a statewide nomination process that includes peer evaluation and credentials review. Only
approximately five percent (5%) of attorneys are chosen each year for inclusion on the list. For more information visit
the NJ SUPERLAWYERS website.
Tue, March 17, 2009 | link
ROCCO CIPPARONE INTERVIEWED FOR EPISODE OF "AMERICAN GANGSTER" AIRED ON BET
Rocco C. Cipparone, Jr. was interviewed in an episode of the popular BET cable
television series "American Gangster", hosted by actor by Ving Rhames. The episode chronicled the life of
and federal criminal case against Robert "Midget" Molley, a prolific drug kingpin in the late 1980's.
Mr. Cipparone, when he was a federal prosecutor, handled the investigation and prosecution of Mr. Molley, and was interviewed
in that context for the episode.
Mon, January 19, 2009 | link