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Jury Selection Starts Monday In Trial Of Ex-Secaucus Mayor Elwell

Dennis Elwell (credit: Mel Evans/AP)

Dennis Elwell (credit: Mel Evans/AP)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jury selection is due to start Monday in the trial of a former Secaucus mayor who was arrested in 2009 in New Jersey’s largest corruption sting.

Dennis Elwell has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted $10,000 from a man posing as a developer seeking help with project approvals.

The man, Solomon Dwek, was actually a failed real estate speculator who agreed to wear a wire for federal authorities after being arrested on a $50 million bank fraud.

Dwek is expected to testify in Elwell’s case. But U.S. District Judge Jose Linares ruled last week that Dwek won’t be allowed to use the word “bribe” to describe his interactions with Elwell.

Elwell resigned as mayor after his arrest in the case, which ultimately netted 46 defendants.

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