As previously set forth in the Statement of Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez dated October 17, 2018, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a complete and thorough investigation into the allegations brought by Katherine Brennan against Albert Alvarez in April, 2017. That investigation was handled professionally by six members of the Office with almost 85 years of combined experience among them. The course of the investigation ran from April, 2017 through November, 2017.
As in any criminal investigation, reports and internal electronic communications were generated and shared among members of the Office. As a matter of practice, similar communications were generated in every investigative file, totaling thousands of such communications each year.
In an effort to show that this matter was fully and properly handled, Prosecutor Suarez has made two requests of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. The first, on October 12, 2018, was to have another county prosecutor’s office review the Brennan/Alvarez file and the HCPO’s handling of the matter to ensure that the matter was properly investigated and handled at all times. Following speculation in the media about the Hudson County Prosecutor’s handling of this investigation, a second request was made by Prosecutor Suarez. On October 30, 2018 Prosecutor Suarez made a request to Attorney General Grewal to conduct a review of Prosecutor Suarez’s involvement in the 2017 investigation to ensure that the Prosecutor did not improperly influence the resolution of the investigation. The Office of Public Integrity and Accountability under the auspices of the Attorney General conducted an official review and concluded there was no improper conduct or influence by Prosecutor Suarez. In a letter dated November 27, 2018, Attorney General Grewal stated that “as part of its review, the OPIA examined the complete investigative
file of the HCPO for this matter, as well as other documents, including emails related to the investigation.” OPIA had access to and was able to review every single document in that file and all the stored data pertaining to the Brennan/Alvarez matter, and did so exonerating Prosecutor Suarez completely. In a letter dated November 27, 2018, Attorney General Grewal advised that he concurred with OPIA’s conclusion that there was no evidence that Prosecutor Suarez acted improperly with respect to the HCPO’s investigation.