State v. Palendrano

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State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (Law Div. 1972), was a legal case decided by the New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, holding that the common law offense of being a common scold was no longer a crime despite the presence of reception statutes in the state.


In 1970, Marion Palendrano was indicted in Monmouth County for assault, threatening a person's life, and being a scold.


The court reasoned that the offense was superseded by the New Jersey Disorderly Persons Act.[1] They also expressed concerns that a female-only crime violated due process and the nature of the offense was too vague.

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  1. ^ Dressler, J. Understanding Criminal Law, Fifth Edition. Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. Newark, NJ: 2009, p. 28

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