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Atty. Gen. Holder Decides Against Death Penalty in Case Against Ex-N.J. Fed Prosecutor

Paul Bergrin/photo News12 New Jersey

Paul Bergrin/photo News12 New Jersey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The good news for ex-assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Bergrin is that he won’t be facing the death penalty.

The Asbury Park Press in New Jersey reports that Atty. Gen. Eric Holder has decided not to seek the death penalty against the prominent defense attorney in his pending case in which he’s accused of arranging the murder of a witness in a federal drug case.

The paper reported that Newark U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman wrote in a one-sentence letter to U.S. District Judge William J. Martini that the death penalty was not going to be in play.

“We’re pleased we can focus on the allegations and do not have to worry about the death penalty,” one of Bergrin’s attorneys, Lawrence Lustberg, said in a telephone interview with the paper.

“He still recognizes that while the death penalty is off the table, his life is on the line,” Lustberg said.

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