By S.P. Sullivan
New Jersey's top prosecutor is creating a semi-autonomous team in his office to target a wide swath of government wrongdoing, from bribe-pocketing public officials to abusive police officers and wrongful convictions.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said the newly formed Office of Public Integrity and Accountability will be led by a longtime federal prosecutor with a record of high-profile public corruption convictions.
Thomas Eicher, the former head of the criminal division at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, will answer directly to the attorney general. His first day was Monday.
He will oversee an office of detectives and prosecutors charged with routing out "criminal abuses of the public trust and handle other sensitive matters that implicate the public's confidence in both government and the criminal justice system," according to an announcement from Grewal's office.