On April 1, 2024, (Yes, April Fools’ Day), Atlantic City, New Jersey Mayor Marty Small stated at a bizarre press conference that Constance Days-Chapman had committed no crimes.

This was two weeks after Days-Chapman had already been criminally charged … and, 15 days before Marty and La’Quetta Small would be criminally charged by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Marty Small declared that no one will succeed in dividing their allegiance to one another.

On May 3, 2024, I broke the news that Days-Chapman had retained a highly respected, talented attorney named Lee Vartan to represent her.

Vartan is one of the premier criminal defense and trial attorneys in the state of New Jersey.

Vartan has been on short lists in the past for United States Attorney for New Jersey and Attorney General of New Jersey.

Vartan currently works with Jeffrey Chiesa, who served as the 59th Attorney General of New Jersey and Chief Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Christie appointed Chiesa as United States Senator, where he served from January 10, 2012, until June 6, 2013.

Chiesa was The first Republican United States Senator for New Jersey since Nicholas F. Brady, who served in 1982 … more than 42 years ago.

Brady succeeded Harrison A. Williams as a United States Senator until a special election could be held.

Chiesa previously did fabulous work in Atlantic City at the behest of Governor Christie.

Hiring Vartan was a great move by Days-Chapman, because she is currently in grave danger, facing the following serious criminal charges:

  • second-degree Official Misconduct.
  • third-degree Hindering Apprehension of
  • Another.
  • fourth-degree Obstruction of Justice.
  • disorderly persons Failure to Report Child Abuse.

Vartan referred to Days-Chapman as “collateral damage” before New Jersey Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLudy at yesterday’s pre-indictment conference.

Vartan confirmed to Judge DeLury that Chapman is currently on paid leave from her job as Atlantic City High School Principal.

Vartan addressed that if Days-Chapmans’ suspension continues into the next school year that the disparity in treatment of her versus La’Quetta Small may become an issue.

La’Quetta Small has not been suspended and has been permitted to continue to work in her position as superintendent of public schools.

Marty and La’Quetta Small face serious criminal charges:

MARTY SMALL is criminally charged with:

  • 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child.
  • 3rd degree aggravated assault
  • 3rd degree terroristic threats
  • disorderly persons simple assault.

LAQUETTA SMALL is criminally charged with:

  • 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child.
  • 3 separate counts of disorderly persons simple assault.

The state of New Jersey has not made any plea deal offer to Days-Chapman, with Vartan indicating that she is not interested in accepting a plea deal at this time.

The next court date for Days-Chapman is set for July 11, 2024, however, it may not take place if there is no movement towards resolving the matter.

The next phase will likely be to impanel a Grand Jury for indictment.

Vartan expressed that a resolution is unlikely at this time.

To date, only Days-Chapman is suspended, while Marty and La’Quetta Small move along as though nothing has happened.

Vartan calls Days-Chapman “collateral damage.”

The seeds are now firmly planted that Days-Chapman is not going to sit back and take the rap for Marty and La’Quetta Small.


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