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Trial begins for NJ lawyer accused in murder plot
Opening statements begin in trial of noted NJ defense lawyer accused in murder plot
By The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) ' The government is making its opening statement in the trial of a noted New Jersey defense attorney charged with setting up the murder of a potential witness.

Paul Bergrin is a former federal prosecutor whose clients as a defense attorney included Queen Latifah (lah-TEE'-fuh) and the rap group Naughty By Nature. He was arrested in May 2009 and accused of running a racketeering enterprise that specialized in drugs, prostitution, witness tampering and murder.

The trial in U.S. District Court in Newark centers on the 2004 murder of Deshawn "Kemo" McCray. He was supposed to testify against one of Bergrin's clients in a drug case.

Bergrin is representing himself in the trial and is expected to make an opening statement later Monday.

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