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Ex-Essex Prosecutor Disbarred for Jailhouse Plot

Clifford Minor, 68, served two years in jail for persuading a man to wrongly admit to gun charges.

The state supreme court Monday disbarred a former Essex County prosecutor, Newark mayoral candidate and judge for his part in a 2011 plot that accused him of persuading an innocent man to plead guilty to gun charges in exchange for cash.

Clifford Minor, 68, was sentenced to two years in prison in 2011 and released in August of last year. He was jailed and, this week, disbarred after the FBI uncovered his actions during an investigation into a high-profile defense attorney who was later convicted of arranging the murder of a federal informant, nj.com reported.

The former Essex County prosecutor admitted to persuading Jahil Muhammad, 32, to take gun charges in place of Abdul Williams, 33, of East Orange, who had a lengthy criminal record and likely would have faced a stiff prison sentence.

Minor was the Essex County prosecutor in the mid-90s, Newark's chief municipal judge, a former police officer, and a defense attorney. He unsuccessfully ran against Cory Booker for Newark mayor in 2010, according to nj.com.

Anonomous April 03, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Wow. This must have been kept quiet. I don't even remember this being originally reported. To me, its just another sad story of infinite corruption for a corrupt County in the most Corrupt State in our Country. The News media should do a series or expose on that Prosecutor's Office in Essex, it would be an interesting timeline of the pattern of crimes committed in that Office from the people who are supposed to uphold the Law. Thanks for reporting this. Good article! NJ
J.D. Green April 03, 2014 at 12:10 PM
This is incredible but so believable about the Justice system and its' corruption. Smh
Pete Mock April 03, 2014 at 01:42 PM
Anon hit it on the head and I'd go further to say the MOST corrupt County in the most Corrupt State.

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