A former New Jersey police chief already convicted of mendacity to the FBI is going through a retrial on hate crime prices.
Jury choice started this week in federal court docket in Camden within the case of Frank Nucera, the white former police chief in Bordentown, who was charged with hate crime assault and deprivation of civil rights on suspicion of slamming a handcuffed Black man’s head right into a doorjamb in 2016 whereas two officers have been escorting the person from a lodge. Nucera has denied the costs.
A jury deadlocked on these counts in 2019 however convicted Nucera of mendacity to the FBI. In Could, a choose sentenced him to twenty-eight months in jail, to be served as soon as the remaining counts are resolved. Nucera has remained free on bail pending trial. He retired in 2017 throughout the FBI investigation.
The choose rejected Nucera’s movement to have the mendacity conviction thrown out on what Nucera’s legal professional argued was a taint of anti-police bias on the jury, which was composed of 9 white and three Black individuals.
“The weaknesses and failings of the prosecution’s case haven’t modified in these two years, and we stay up for bringing these forth once more to the jury, to place this tough and disturbing interval in Mr. Nucera’s life to a detailed,” Rocco Cipparone, Nucera’s legal professional, wrote in an e-mail Thursday.