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N.J. trooper charged with running gambling ring

The Associated Press

A New Jersey state trooper charged with running a massive gambling ring with Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet and another man is due in court Thursday.

That's according to a lawyer representing James Harney. Craig Mitnick won't say why Harney is to be in state Superior Court -- only that he is scheduled to appear before a judge in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

Tocchet, Harney and James Ulmer were charged in February with running a gambling ring.

Harney and Tocchet are both 40 years old. They became friendly more than a decade ago when Harney was a bartender in Philadelphia and Tocchet was playing for the Philadelphia Flyers.

After they were charged, Harney was suspended from the state police and Tocchet took an indefinite leave of absence from his job as the top assistant coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.

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