Frederick B. Lacey, Who Prosecuted Corruption in New Jersey, Dies at 96

Frederick B. Lacey, a police chief’s son who as a tenacious federal prosecutor helped drain New Jersey’s fetid swamp of political corruption and who later built a reputation as a stringent judge presiding over celebrated cases, died on April 1 in Naples, Fla. He was 96.

His death was confirmed this week by his son John.

As an imposing, 6-foot-4 United States attorney for New Jersey, Mr. Lacey smashed the corrupt Democratic machines in Essex and Hudson Counties.

He successfully prosecuted Mayors Hugh J. Addonizio of Newark and Thomas J. Whelan of Jersey City; John V. Kenny, the Hudson …read more

Source: New York Times

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