Charles Buckley

Deputy Attorney General CHARLES BUCKLEY spent 25 years as one of New Jersey’s top trial prosecutors, acting as a modern-day legal Paladin—”have briefcase, will travel”—and crisscrossing New Jersey to try the most difficult cases. Buckley put away the boss of the Philadelphia/Atlantic City crime family, as well as the capo in charge of the Hudson County waterfront. In New Jersey’s first televised trial, he convicted a judge who accepted bribes to fix sentences. Other public officials felt Buckley’s brand of justice: an official taking bribes to facilitate bridge and road construction; a mayor and planning board members taking bribes from developers; and a Hudson County police chief, Passaic County detective, and two City of Paterson cops—all convicted for misconduct involving organized crime. Buckley was the prosecutor who finally convicted Robert Reldan after two previous murder trials had ended in failure.

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