Jury Finds Essex County Executive Accepted $58,000 to Help Get Permit
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ The top elected official of Essex County was convicted Monday of federal charges he sold his office, but was acquitted of most charges related to alleged campaign fund misuse.
County Executive Thomas J. D’Alessio, 59, was convicted of accepting more than $58,000 in late 1990 and early 1991 from a solid waste company, Attwoods Inc., of Miami and London, to help it get a state permit.
The jury reached a similar verdict for his longtime campaign treasurer, Joseph Thor.
Each man was convicted of 12 of 19 counts against him. They face up to seven years in prison; both remained free pending sentencing. A date was not immediately set.
D’Alessio’s lawyer, Michael Critchley, said he would appeal but that D’Alessio probably wouldn’t fight his removal from office.
The verdict came on the seventh day of deliberations, following a 2 -month trial that included more than 100 witnesses.