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Former Atlantic City council vice president Cassandra Clark indicted for official misconduct April 29, 2009

Posted by jefhenningeresq in News.
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The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has returned an indictment against former Atlantic City council vice president Cassandra Clark.  They allege that she gave $6,000 to a friend to bid on two undeveloped lots of public land.  They allege she then voted to sell that land to the same friend for $6,000.  Then they both allegedly arranged for the deed to be transferred to a company Clark owned, Rose Garden Research.

Whenever I read about these cases, I think about my own practice.  With most of my cases, I can get in before indictment and get the case handled.  So, I often wonder why so many people get indicted and yet, there are so few trials?  Many times, if my client gets indicted in this type of case, we are probably going to trial.  Reason being, you have more options on the table before indictment. 

I would also like to know why this other person was not indicted.  The most obvious answer to that is that the other person already worked out a deal.  Clark is facing quite a bit of time here and the options are running out.  If she can get a flat time offer on the table, she might be wise to take it.  Otherwise, I would take the case to trial.  I get the feeling that there is more to this story than what you see in the press release. 

Story is here.

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