About the Author
The Charmer is Richard Muti's third book after 19 years as a successful trial proscecutor. He is a sought professor teaching writing, American government and criminal justice. He is a former Navy pilot and city mayor. Charles Buckley ultimately prosecuted Robert Reldan with a brilliant 25-year career as a prosecutor and the front row seat which produced The Charmer.
Deputy Attorney General Charles Buckley tried cases the way he lived his lifeÃ¢â¬"as a nose-to-the-grindstone, blue-collar-type of guy, with all the best characteristics a working class background implies. He spent 25 years as one of New Jersey's top trial prosecutors, acting as a modern-day legal PaladinÃ¢â¬"have briefcase, will travel"Ã¢â¬"and crisscrossing New Jersey to try the most difficult cases.
Buckley put away the boss of the Philadelphia/Atlantic City crime family, as well as the capo in charge of the Hudson County waterfront. In New Jersey's first televised trial, he convicted a judge who accepted bribes to fix sentences. Other public officials felt Buckley's brand of justice: an official taking bribes to facilitate bridge and road construction; a mayor and planning board members taking bribes from developers; and a Hudson County police chief, Passaic County detective, and two City of Paterson copsÃ¢â¬"all convicted for misconduct involving organized crime.