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Newark City Attorney Neil Braunstein Arrested on Extortion Charges May 26, 2009

Posted by jefhenningeresq in News.
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Detectives from the Newark Inspector General’s Office and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office have arrested Newark municipal attorney Neil Braunstein on extortion charges.  The story is a little unclear right now as it indicates that Braunstein allegedly threatened to accuse Julian Neals, Newark’s corporation counsel, of some unknown offense unless he got $750,000 or a better job.  However, the story also indicates that he allegedly demanded both money and a better job. 

As an attorney, the first thing I want to know is, well, everything about the entire situation as I am sure there are many sides to this story.  I also want to know if any alleged conversation is on tape and/or if there is more than one witness to the conversation.  Witnesses need to be interviewed right now as in before the weekend before anyone else knows which end is up.  Otherwise, once things get moving, everyone is going to clam up.

Unless the evidence is overwhelming, this could be a really fun case to try. It could really turn Newark’s government upside down (yeah, I know, don’t say it).

Story is here.