Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph Bocchini has three strikes against him in the controversy surrounding Joe Derrico, the "disabled" Hamilton cop turned roughhousing repo man on reality TV.
A continuing investigation by New Jersey Watchdog delivered:
Strike one: Bocchini disobeyed the law by failing to inform state authorities when Derrico was indicted on a felony theft charge in 2010. The omission was confirmed by the state Division of Criminal Justice.
Strike two: Derrico's ex-wife, Brit Olsen, worked as a detective on Bocchini's staff. In spite of the conflict of interest, Bocchini did not turn the case over to other authorities for prosecution.
Strike three: Bocchini claims not to have records of the case, including the indictment and dismissal. If true, he is violating state rules that govern record retention by county prosecutors.