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Friday, October 11, 2019

Former Bordentown Township Police Chief Will Be Retried On Hate Crime And Use Of Excessive Force Charges

Defendant Previously Convicted of Lying to FBI

CAMDEN, N.J – U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today that his office will retry the retired chief of the Bordentown Township Police Department on hate crime and civil rights charges after a jury deadlocked on those counts at his trial. The defendant was convicted by the same jury on Oct. 9, 2019, of lying to FBI agents who questioned him about violating an 18-year-old man’s civil rights during an arrest.

The jury deliberated eight days in the trial of Frank M. Nucera Jr., 62, of Bordentown, New Jersey, before announcing that they could not reach a unanimous decision on Counts One and Two – hate crime assault and deprivation of civil rights under color of law, respectively. U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler declared a mistrial on those counts. U.S. Attorney Carpenito thanked the jury for its efforts during deliberations.

Defense counsel: Rocco C. Cipparone Jr. Esq., Haddon Heights, New Jersey

Civil Rights
Hate Crimes
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Updated October 5, 2022