Binns Set to Clear the Air

by BY JASON NARK, Daily News
Originally Published Feb 28, 2012

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IT COST Jimmy Binns $980 to get rid of his neighbor’s noisy air conditioners in Margate, along with what Binns calls an unprecedented ride to the local police station.

On Dec. 13, Binns, founder of Philadelphia’s hero-cop plaque program, was arrested, handcuffed and jailed in the Shore resort “as if he were a bank robber about to flee,” his attorney said. Binns was charged with criminal mischief for disconnecting his neighbor’s air conditioners a few days before.

“I can guarantee you it’s never happened in any police department in the state of New Jersey,” Binns said yesterday about his treatment over the charge.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office dropped the charge on Friday, and Binns and his attorney, Stephen Hankin, said that they plan to turn up the heat on Margate and possibly his neighbor on Amherst Avenue by filing a lawsuit.

“Of course, I know why the charges were dropped: There was nothing criminal done,” Hankin said.

Charges Against Jimmy Binns Dropped

From NBC10 Philadelphia February 28, 2012. Read full story at NBC10.

All charges have been dropped against local attorney James “Jimmy” Binns after he was accused of damaging a neighbor’s air conditioner in Margate, N.J.

Binns, 72, was arrested for the alleged incident back on Dec. 13. Police claimed it was part of an ongoing property dispute between Binns and his neighbor. He was charged with criminal mischief and released on his own recognizance.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor announced Monday that the charges against Binns were dismissed. His attorney claimed his client may sue the city of Margate, according to the Press of Atlantic City. Ironically, Binns is listed as an Honorary Margate Police Chief, according to JamesBinns.net.