N.J. U.S. Attorney Recused Self from Bribery Case
By Andrew Ramonas | September 30, 2010 1:13 pm

The New Jersey U.S. Attorney is not overseeing the prosecution of a lawyer who allegedly bribed a state senator, the New Jersey Law Journal reported Thursday.

Paul Fishman (Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman)

Paul Fishman recused himself from the case when he became U.S. Attorney in 2009 because he represented a company under investigation in the case while in private practice at Friedman Kaplan Seiler Adelman LLP in Newark, N.J. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York is supervising the prosecution in Fishman’s place.

Eric Wisler, a former partner at the law firm of DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole LLP in New Jersey, allegedly used client funds from EnCap Golf Holding and parent company Cherokee Investment Partners to bribe then-state Sen. Wayne Bryant for sway in the New Jersey legislature. Fishman and Friedman Kaplan Seiler Adelman represented EnCap in 2007.

Wisler is charged with 37 counts of wire and mail fraud and one count of offering a bribe.

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