Captain Carifi wins again; Declared “vindicated”

Edward Bilinkas, Esq. and Retired Police Captain James Carifi after the hearing in Superior Court

MORRISTOWN — In front of a packed courtroom this morning, Morris County Superior Court Judge Ahto ordered that retired Parsippany Police Captain James Carifi be issued a permit to carry a concealed weapon. At issue, Parsippany Police Chief Paul Philipps had not submitted Part 2 of form SP-232 to the New Jersey State Police.  This form required Philipps to affirm whether or not Carifi had retired in good standing.  By not submitting the form, the State Police had to deny the issuance of Carifi’s permit.

Attorney Edward Bilinkas speaking with Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Captain Paul Philipps after the hearing in Morristown

But in a surprising turn of events, the Morris County Prosecutor’s office provided the signed and dated form for Judge Ahto.  On March 10, 2015, Chief Philipps confirmed that when Carifi retired from the Parsippany Police Department on April 1, 2013, he did in fact retire in good standing.

“We are extremely happy with the Judges decision today,” said Carifi’s attorney Edward Bilinkas. “We consider this an unconditional surrender.  I have been saying from day one that Captain Carifi retired in good standing and by the chief submitting the certification today vindicates James Carifi in this matter.”

Judge Ahto noted that since so much time had passed since the original application was filed Carifi would be required to pass the annual firearms certification test first.

After the hearing, Councilman Louis Valori said, “once again, the courts have proven that Mayor Jamie Barberio and his politically-connected lawyer, John Inglesino, are wrong. Once again, the bogus charges against James Carifi have been proven baseless in today’s proceeding. It’s time for the Mayor to stop wasting millions in Parsippany taxpayer dollars to pursue his personal vendetta against James Carifi.”

Chief Philipps, in attendance at the hearing, told reporters, “I chose to sign off on the gun permit on the advice of counsel.”