The New Jersey Globe has released its 2023 Year in Review in which it recapped the various big political stories of the past twelve months. It also devoted one brief to what it referred to as the “Seedy Prosecutor of the Year.” This ignoble designation went to John Nicodemo, the deputy attorney general who shamefully convinced a jury to convict Rabbi Eisemann while hiding exculpatory evidence.
The Globe wrote:
“At best, John Nicodemo is just a lousy lawyer, but more frighteningly, he may be a pathological liar with a badge. The embattled deputy attorney general faces serious allegations from multiple lawyers – all respected former federal and state prosecutors – that he is guilty of astonishing levels of prosecutorial misconduct. A Superior Court Judge determined that Nicodemo intentionally withheld crucial evidence and disregarded a court rule quiring prosecutors to disclose port information in the government’s possession to the defendant’s lawyers in his prosecution of a prominent Lakewood Rabbi. He’s been accused in court filings of deliberately lying to a grand jury by misrepresenting the law to win an indictment; he allegedly fudged the language of a statute. The one-time dinner theater actor-turned-prosecutor appears to face problems that potentially include termination, disbarment, and even an unusual role reversal that might see the prosecutor becoming the defendant. For now, he’s no longer a public lawyer and has been assigned to an administrative job as a diversity officer.”