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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Case against troopers dropped

The sexual assault investigation into the activities of seven State Troopers and a female from Rider University has been closed with no charges filed against any of the officers, according to the news reports.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan told the Home News Tribune that the case had been closed, although he would not comment further on the matter, citing privacy and other issues surrounding the trooper.

The matter had originally been investigated by Mercer County Prosecutor Joe Bocchini, but the prosecutor was taken off the case after making remarks to Newhouse News reporters that he wished the case "had taken place" somewhere else, citing its complicated nature and the involvement of state police in the matter.

It had been speculated that his handling of the matter and other possible gaffes could have a negative effect on Mr. Bocchini's chances of being reappointed as Mercer County Prosecutor.

Mr. Bocchini has served as a state assemblyman and filled numerous other positions as a prominent attorney and public figure in Mercer County.

1 comment:

westwrdguy57 said...

Prosecutors are sworn by oath to defend the Constitutions of this country and State; be an objective advocate for the people and, seeker of truth. Mr Bocchini, I recall you saying last year this trooper case was a "nightmare" for any prosecutor. But the real nightmare for the Mercer County Courts is you. I do know you for what you truly are and how you treat others. You, and Bruce Kaplan, representing Middlesex County, are blatant examples of why others have lost faith in the justice system so much.