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3 N.J.A.R. 285

Krupp, Otto; Examiners, New Jersey Board of v
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Citation: 3 N.J.A.R. 285
Decision Date: 1981
Agency: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Synopsis: Krupp challenges the New Jersey State Board of Examiners' pro- posed revocation of his teaching certificate based on his 1979 convic- tion of first degree murder. Krupp argues that such a revocation is improper because an appeal of his conviction is currently before the courts, the murder was not related to the performance of his profes- sional duties and because this murder was unintentional having been committed while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The administrative law judge determined that a 'conviction' oc- curs at the trial level when a jury returns a verdict of guilty and that it was the intention of the Legislature in prohibiting those convicted of certain crimes from holding office to exclude all those against whom a verdict of guilty had been returned, notwithstanding an appeal. As to Krupp's argument that the murder was drug induced and thus involuntary, the administrative law judge found that that argument had been rejected by the trial court and he saw no reason to overturn that rejection. The judge rejected Krupp's argument that the offense was not related to his teaching duties since the judge determined that Krupp's conviction and resultant notoriety certainly touched on his position as a school teacher. Accordingly, the administrative law judge ordered the revocation of Krupp's teaching certificate. Jaynee LaVecchia, Deputy Attorney General, for Petitioner (James R. Zazzali, Attorney General of New Jersey, Attorney) Otto Krupp, Respondent, Pro se
Rule(s) Cited: 6:11-3.7