Friday, May 22, 2009

NJ Defense Attorney Indicted on Many Counts

Ex-Prosecutor Charged in Federal Court With Murder, Other Crimes, N.J.L.J. (, May 21, 2009:

The 14-count indictment charges that Bergrin, a former federal and Essex County prosecutor, engaged in a host of illegal activities from his Newark law office, including witness tampering, wire fraud, money laundering and drug trafficking.

They included orchestrating the murder of an informant who was expected to testify against his client in a federal drug case and attempting to hire a hitman from Chicago to kill an informant in a Monmouth County, N.J., drug case -- a killing that was never carried out.

Bergrin obtained exculpatory testimony from witnesses through bribes or threats of harm in nine other cases, and he assumed control of his client's drug trafficking operation after the client was convicted on federal drug charges, the indictment says.

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