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Frederick Bernard Lacey

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Frederick Bernard Lacey
Judge Frederick Bernard Lacey.jpg
Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
In office
Appointed byWarren E. Burger
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
In office
January 26, 1971 – February 3, 1986
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded bySeat established by 84 Stat. 294
Succeeded byAlfred James Lechner Jr.
United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
In office
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded byDonald Horowitz (acting)
Succeeded byHerbert J. Stern
Personal details
Frederick Bernard Lacey

(1920-09-09)September 9, 1920
Newark, New Jersey
DiedApril 1, 2017(2017-04-01) (aged 96)
Naples, Florida
EducationRutgers University (A.B.)
Cornell Law School (LL.B.)

Frederick Bernard Lacey (September 9, 1920 – April 1, 2017) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Education and career

Lacey was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1920 to Frederick Robert and Mary Agnes (Armstrong) Lacey.[1] His father served as police chief for Newark.[2] After attending West Side High School,[3] he received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Rutgers University in 1941, and a Bachelor of Laws from Cornell Law School in 1948. He was a United States Navy Reserve Lieutenant Commander from 1942 to 1946. He married Mary C. Stoneham on May 20, 1944.[1] Lacey was in private practice in New York City, New York from 1948 to 1951; in Newark from 1951 to 1952; and again in New York City from 1952 to 1953. He was an Assistant United States Attorney of the District of New Jersey from 1953 to 1955. In 1954 he led the case that sent the mobster Albert Anastasia to prison for income tax evasion.[2] He returned to private practice as a partner with the law firm of Shanley & Fisher in Newark from 1955 to 1969. In 1969, Lacey was appointed United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey by President Richard Nixon. As U.S. Attorney, his Glen Ridge, New Jersey home was protected by Marshals Service to protect him and his family from death threats.[3] He served until 1971, leading a series of corruption prosecutions against high-profile figures in politics and organized crime, including against Newark Mayor Hugh Joseph Addonizio.[2]

Federal judicial service

On October 7, 1970 Lacey was nominated by President Nixon to a new judgeship on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey created by 84 Stat. 294. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 13, 1970 and received his commission on January 26, 1971. He served on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 1979 to 1985.[2] Lacey's service was terminated on February 3, 1986 due to his retirement.

Post judicial service

After retiring from the bench Lacey worked for the firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby and MacRae. He was appointed a special judicial master overseeing the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In 1992 he was appointed by United States Attorney General William Barr to investigate whether the Government mishandled a fraud case involving Banca Nazionale del Lavoro.[2] In 2006, he was appointed to be a federal monitor in an investigation of Bristol-Myers Squibb, centering on the distribution of the drug Plavix. The company complied with Lacey's recommendation to remove then CEO Peter R. Dolan.[4]


On April 1, 2017, Lacey died in Naples, Florida at age 96.[3] On April 17, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed an Executive Order directing that both United States and New Jersey flags at state departments, offices, and agencies be flown at half-mast on April 19, 2017 in recognition of Lacey's passing.[5] A funeral mass was held for Lacey was held in Sea Girt, New Jersey, where he had maintained a residence.[3][5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Frederick Bernard Lacey". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  2. ^ a b c d e Johnston, David (1992-10-17). "Prosecutor Who Battled Corruption". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  3. ^ a b c d "Frederick B. Lacey, former U.S. Attorney who took on the mob, dead at 96". 2017-04-04. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  4. ^ Smith, Aaron (2006-09-12). "Bristol CEO Dolan gets fired". CNN. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  5. ^ a b "Executive Order Number 223" (PDF).
  6. ^ Sullivan, Ronald. "Lacey Considered As '77 Candidate", The New York Times, August 28, 1975. Accessed November 15, 2018. "Reached for comment at his summer home in Sea Girt, Judge Lacey refused to discuss any speculation about his candidacy."


Legal offices
Preceded by
Donald Horowitz
United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Herbert J. Stern
Preceded by
Seat established by 84 Stat. 294
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Alfred James Lechner Jr.
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