On Monday, NJ Attorney General Grewal announced the creation of a special unit within the Office of Attorney General to combat corruption and strengthen public confidence in government institutions. The new unit, called the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) will be led by Thomas J. Eicher, a longtime federal prosecutor who has experience with complex corruption investigations and has obtained numerous convictions of unscrupulous public officials.
According to the AG’s press release, “OPIA will investigate and prosecute criminal abuses of the public trust and handle other sensitive matters that implicate the public’s confidence in both governments and the criminal justices system….” This includes matters involving federal, state, or local officials, allegations of civil rights violations involving law enforcement officers and agencies, internal affairs investigations, and wrongful conviction claims. To ensure the independence of the investigations, the OPIA will report directly to the AG, outside the normal reporting chain of the Division of Criminal Justice.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, FMarshall@njslom.org, 609-695-3481, x137.