Lawyers to appeal verdict in ex-NJ mayor's case

NEWARK - (AP) - Lawyers for a former northern New Jersey mayor found guilty of accepting a bribe but not guilty on extortion counts say the mixed verdict makes no sense.

A jury found former Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell guiltyWednesday of illegally accepting $10,000 in cash from a man hethought was a developer seeking to do business in the town.

The developer was actually cooperating with federal authoritiesand wearing a recording device.

Elwell attorney Thomas Cammarata said the verdict was confusing.

He said it was difficult to understand how a jury could findsomeone guilty of taking a bribe, but not guilty of extortioncounts, when they basically involve the same elements.

Cammarata says an appeal will be filed.

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