Shanique Davis Speight

Newark City Council Ruling

Court Overturns Newark City Council Appointment That Sparked Melee

A judge on Tuesday ruled that Newark Mayor Cory Booker did not have the authority to cast a vote to fill a vacant City Council seat last month.

12/11/2012

Cory Booker (credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Bing)

Rhetoric Heats Up Following Newark Council Brawl As Booker Responds To Controversy

The chaos broke out when Booker and his allies in the City Council appointed Shanique Davis Speight to take over the seat vacated by Councilman Donald Payne Jr.

11/21/2012

Newark City Hall - File / Photo: City of Newark

Appointment By Newark Mayor, Allies Leads To Melee In City Council Chambers

An appointment to a vacant City Council seat in Newark led to a melee in council chambers that prompted police to use pepper spray on some spectators.

11/20/2012