NJ lawyer charged in murder plot due in court

In this Aug. 24, 2004 file photo, attorney Paul W. Bergrin speaks to the media in front of the U.S. military court at Taylor Barracks in Mannheim, southern Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

September 12, 2011 9:35:47 AM PDT
A prominent New Jersey defense lawyer accused of trying to set up the murder of a witness is scheduled in court Monday.

Paul Bergrin's former clients include entertainers Queen Latifah and Lil' Kim.

He was arrested in 2009 and charged with a host of offenses including bribery and prostitution. He's accused of arranging the murder of a government witness in Newark and trying to hire a hit man to murder another witness.

A judge threw out racketeering charges against him last year. But a federal appeals court reinstated the charges in April.

Bergrin is scheduled to go to trial this fall.

On Monday, he will argue pretrial motions in U.S. District Court in Newark.