How will complaint against Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office affect Kauffman verdict?

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“Their authority is undermined by their failure to deal plainly and squarely with issues in the Augello prosecution and in their house,” Mary Linehan, defense attorney for Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello, wrote in an email Tuesday. Linehan said she’d already filed a motion for a retrial before learning of the allegations.

How will complaint against Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office affect Kauffman verdict?

The attorney for the man convicted last week of the 2012 murder of April Kauffman said she’s “disappointed and discouraged” by allegations of misconduct by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in the case.

“Their authority is undermined by their failure to deal plainly and squarely with issues in the Augello prosecution and in their house,” Mary Linehan, defense attorney for Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello, wrote in an email Tuesday. Linehan said she’d already filed a motion for a retrial before learning of the allegations.

Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Donna Weaver declined to comment further Tuesday. On Monday, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said “the matters alleged involved personnel issues with disgruntled former employees and current employees.”

Last week, three current and former employees of the Prosecutor’s Office filed a complaint with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office asking for an investigation into several claims against Tyner, including withholding of possibly exculpatory evidence in the Kauffman case for his personal gain.

The complaint, filed by former acting Prosecutor Diane Ruberton, former Lt. Heath McManus and current Chief Assistant Prosecutor Donna Fetzer, alleges Tyner was made aware multiple times of possible inappropriate actions by detectives working on the case, but did not investigate them.

The complaint also claims the failure to investigate in turn led to a failure to disclose potentially exculpatory evidence in the case, also known as Brady material.

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