Former aide to Newark councilmain indicted March 10, 2009Posted by jefhenningeresq in News.
Tags: Crime, Fraud, Law, New Jersey, News, official misconduct
Melvin Bittle, a former aide to Newark Councilman Ronald Rice Jr., has been charged with second-degree official misconduct, second-degree bribery, and second-degree receipt or solicitation of any benefit by public servant. Bittle allegedly solicited $1000 from a Newark bar owner to resolve problems with the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board.
This is the last thing that any politician needs. Hopefully, Councilman Rice, by all accounts a great guy, already has an attorney for this matter and has helped them. Bittle is facing hard time and the last thing you want is him flipping and making up a story about Rice. Thus, if I’m Rice’s attorney, we work with the prosecutor office from the start and cooperate fully. This way, you can show that this guy was rogue and not part of some conspiracy.
Story is here.