NJ Lawyer Charged With Murder Wants Out of Solitary

Thursday, Nov 12, 2009  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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NJ Lawyer Charged With Murder Wants Out of Solitary

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Former prosecutor turned defense attorney Paul Bergrin finds himself on the wrong side of the docket once again.

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A New Jersey lawyer who represented Queen Latifah, Lil' Kim and other rap artists wants to be removed from solitary confinement.

     Paul Bergrin has been held since his arrest in May on charges of arranging the murder of one witness and trying to set up the murder of another. This week he was indicted on additional bribery, drug and prostitution counts.
    
Bergrin is scheduled to be in federal court in Newark on Thursday to try to convince a judge to release him from solitary confinement.
    
He's currently held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn and says solitary limits his access to his attorney.

Bergrin pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to run the NY Confidential brothel after founder and self-proclaimed "King of all pimps" Jason Itzler got busted. Among the perks that came with Bergrin's gig there was a buffet of $1,000-an-hour hookers, but he was eventually sentenced to three years' probation and sentenced to $50,000.

In addition to rap stars, Bergrin has represented some high-profile clients, including a former New Jersey beauty pageant who was sentenced to jail for writing bad checks, as well as an American soldier who pleaded guilty in 2007 to murdering three detainees in Iraq the previous year.

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