Sandoval: Jail death cover-up

Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Among the many charges made by Dr. Oscar Sandoval in his counterclaim against Hudson County is that he was silenced regarding the death of a prisoner he thought might have been a homicide.

"In 1994, after the suicidal death of a patient because of the negligence of the (Hudson County) Correctional Center which then tried to cover it up, Dr. Sandoval orally communicated that the death could have been a homicide," says Sandoval's complaint, filed in response to the county's suit seeking damages from bribes paid to disgraced former County Executive Robert Janiszewski.

"Dr. Sandoval was threatened that he would be criminally charged with interference with an investigation if he persisted in bringing to the attention of the authorities the non-suicidal nature of the incident."

The accusation mentions no names, but Thursday is the deadline for Sandoval to file allegations against parties not named in the county's original suit. His attorney, Tomas Espinosa, would not say if he intends to file any lawsuits.

Florham Park attorney Stephen Edelstein, who is representing the county, said he is unfamiliar with the situation, adding that he is conducting his own investigation.

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