Lisa Thornton Obituary, Death Cause – As soon as we heard out about the untimely death of Monmouth County Superior Court Assignment Judge Lisa P. Thornton today, all of us here at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office were left speechless and inconsolable by the news. When Judge Thornton was appointed to her position as an Assignment Judge for the New Jersey Superior Court in 2014, she created history by being the first woman of African heritage in all of recorded history to ever hold such a position.
Her appointment to the bench by Governor Jon S. Corzine in 2008 was a watershed moment in American history since she was the first woman of African descent to ever hold that position. Governor Jon S. Corzine was the one who decided to put her on the bench of the court. She leaves behind a legacy of dependably good jurisprudence, warm congeniality, a strong sense of humor, and uncompromising fairness. Having served as a pioneering and steadying influence over our courts for the better part of a decade, she leaves behind a legacy of these qualities. Additionally, she leaves behind a legacy of unwavering and uncompromised justice.
She leaves behind a legacy that is unwaveringly just, a wry sense of humor, a friendly congeniality, and unwaveringly sound jurisprudence. On behalf of the office of the Prosecutor of Monmouth County, Raymond S. Santiago, and the rest of the staff, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to her friends, family, and loved ones who have just lost a dear one. We would want to express our condolences to him on his behalf and let him know that she will be much missed. This includes MCPO Detective Kent Thornton, who is the judge’s nephew. In October of the previous year, the judge was pleased to have personally sworn in her nephew, who is a member of the MCPO.