Lawyer to Appeal Verdict in Ex-Secaucus Mayor's Case

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    Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell hangs his head as he is led into the federal building in Newark.

    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 guilty Wednesday of illegally accepting $10,000 in cash from a man he thought was a developer seeking to do business in the town.

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

    Elwell attorney Thomas Cammarata said the verdict was confusing. He said it was difficult to understand how a jury could find someone guilty of taking a bribe, but not guilty of extortion counts, when they basically involve the same elements.

    Cammarata says an appeal will be filed.