What About Woodrow Wilson?
2/13/2016

Woodrow Wilson: Princeton President, New Jersey Governor,   progressive President of the United States.  No wonder he's an icon on campus.  But, after more than a century, is it time for that to change?

On this edition of "Due Process," black students at Princeton force their university to confront the other truth of Woodrow Wilson.

In fact, he was an unapologetic racist, a supporter of the Confederacy, an admirer of the Klan.  So should Wilson's image and name be purged at Princeton?

We trace the roots of the controversy, then hear from Princeton History Prof. Jeremy Adelman and Public Policy Consultant and Woodrow Wilson School Graduate Richard Roper.

This is an important “Due Process” you don't want to miss.

The Year in Justice 2015
1/30/2016

It was another important year in justice.  From victory in the fight for marriage equality to the quagmires of education and immigration, from the beginning of major criminal justice reforms to the ongoing embarrassment of Guantanamo - Due Process was there to tell the tough stories.

So on this week's edition, our annual justice retrospective; our time to review - and update - the issues that drove our coverage in 2015.

Few of those issues were resolved last year - the Supreme Court's definitive verdict on same sex marriage was one of the few - so Due Process is back in 2016 to follow the important trends and transitions along the justice beat.

As always, we welcome you to join us on our journey - to watch this week, and every week.


Paul Fishman: US Attorney
1/23/2016

Claims of misconduct and bias by Newark Police? Those are longstanding. But detailed charges from the Department of Justice, based on a three year study? That was something new.  

 

Now, 18 months after the U.S. Attorney announced the findings, a federal monitor's about to step in, a consent decree's about to be signed, and police will come under a kind of scrutiny unprecedented in New Jersey.  

 

On this edition of Due Process: U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, the Justice Department's chief prosecutor in New Jersey, predicts the process will bring meaningful reform to the Newark P.D. 

 

We also talk to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka about his initiative for a new Civilian Complaint Review Board - and his plan to put a civilian lawyer in charge of Internal Affairs.

 

How successful will it all be in curing generations of discord and distrust between Newark citizens and their police? ACLU Executive Director Udi Ofer tells us that "the devil will be in the details," and maybe in the court challenges sure to come.

 

Please join us!

 

Sandy and Ray


The Gift: Zuckerberg and Newark
11/14/2015

Just last week, Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg posted his take on his $100 million gift to Newark schools.  While acknowledging "mistakes (and) lessons learned," Zuckerberg pointed to resulting gains and successes.

 

But if you want the inside story on the touted "transformation" that failed, you'll want to catch this week's "Due Process."

 

An opening mini-doc traces the five year history of the Zuckerberg gift, the fight for control of education in Newark, and the ongoing competition between district schools and charter schools.

 

In the studio: Ras Baraka, a former high school principal, now the outspoken mayor of Newark; Mary Bennett, who chairs the committee charged with easing the transition from state to local control, and Dale Russakoff, author of "The Prize," the definitive story of the $100 million experiment, which began five years ago with a much-heralded announcement on "Oprah."

 

We hope you'll join us!


Citizen by Birth
11/7/2015

What to do about undocumented immigrants?  It's been a source of American political debate for decades.  But the children of the undocumented have largely been held harmless. Stripping them of their citizenship has never been seriously proposed in presidential politics ... until now. 

 

It started as a rant from Donald Trump, but it's finding some traction in the GOP presidential field, and among some of the rank and file.  

 

Although it's guaranteed in the 14th Amendmentbirthright is under attack.  On this week's Due Process: the history, legality - and morality - of being automatically American by virtue of being born on US soil.

 

In the studio: Rutgers Law School Dean Ron ChenAmy Gottlieb of the American Friends Service Committee and Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll.

 

It's a Due Process you won't want to miss!


War on Drugs: Is it Over?
10/31/2015

Not long ago, it would have been unthinkable.  A U.S. President, a bi-partisan group of senators and law enforcement leaders from America's major cities all urging a shift from the ongoing "war on drugs" to a new, softened approach to drug crime.

On this week's edition of Due Process, apparent national recognition that the drug war's been lost - at enormous fiscal and human expense.

Could it mean an end to harsh mandatory minimum sentences?  A significant cut in the U.S. prison population - the largest in the world?

In our opening mini-doc, we see President Obama going where no president's gone before, and we meet a New Jersey man who was sentenced to 50 years in prison - on marijuana charges!

In the studio: Rutgers Law Prof. Elise Boddie, an expert on civil rights and constitutional law, and Bennett Barlyn, a former prosecutor and former director of New Jersey's Sentencing Reform Panel.

It's a Due Process you need to see!  Please join us.


Addonizio: Newark's Million Dollar Mayor
8/29/2015

Newark politics would never be the same, and neither would unfettered political corruption in New Jersey.  Due Process looks back at the game changing trial of Newark's Mafia-linked mayor, Hugh Addonizio with former U.S. District Court Judge Herb Stern, the onetime federal prosecutor who won the case.


It was more than just another criminal trial.  The successful case against Hugh Addonizio, Newark's mob-connected mayor, would bring black political power to City Hall - and in a state long known for official corruption, usher in a new era of aggressive prosecution .


Now, 45 years later, we return to this watershed event in New Jersey politics - and organized crime - with Judge Stern and Criminal Defense Attorney Joseph Hayden, a former NJ deputy attorney general.


Falsely Imprisoned: The McCallum Case
8/1/2015

Innocent men and women convicted and imprisoned.  The estimates range from 2 to 10 per cent of everyone locked up.  In a country that puts millions behind bars, that's tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, falsely imprisoned.


That stat is shocking, but the horror really sets in when you come face to face with the innocent people behind those numbers, and none more than David McCallum, who lost nearly two-thirds of his life to a crime he did not commit.

 

On this edition of Due Process, David's tragic story and its happy ending - long overdue.  It took a virtual village of lawyers and supporters, including Rutgers Law Prof. Laura Cohen and the students in her Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic, to finally win his freedom.


In the studio: Cohen joins Ryan Haygood, president of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, in discussing the many troubling issues raised by David's case: issues of juvenile justice, coerced confessions, false imprisonment, inadequate legal counsel, exoneration and re-entry.

We hope you'll join us for this important episode of Due Process.


Guantanamo Diary
7/25/15

The NY Times has called him "collateral damage in the war on terror."   Taken from his home in Mauritania after 9/11, Mohamedou Slahi has been held in the island prison camp for 13 years - tortured and never charged.

His lawyers say there was never evidence connecting him to terrorism; five years ago a federal judge agreed and cleared him for release. Nonetheless, he remains isolated and imprisoned along with 115 other detainees, nearly half of whom have also been cleared.

On this edition of Due Process: Guantanamo, torture, Mohamedou Slahi - who has somehow managed to write and publish a book from inside - and the international literary and arts community which has rallied around him.

In the studio: Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project and a member of Slahi's legal team, and Seton Hall Law Prof. Mark Denbeaux, who has been to Guantanamo 75 times, representing other inmates whom he says should also be freed.


Solitary: Cruel and Unusual?
5/2/2015

Sandy and I have been inside jails and prisons countless times - I as a criminal defense lawyer; she as a legal journalist. And every time we walk out those steel doors, we're flooded with relief that we're not the ones locked up.

But imagine you're in lock down, not just imprisoned, but confined to a space not much bigger than your bathroom for 23 hours a day.

Is it cruel and unusual?  Is it torture?  Who ends up in isolation and why?  And what is the mental and emotional impact?  With legislation to reform solitary confinement now pending in New Jersey, those are just some of the questions we'll look at in this important edition of "Due Process."

In the opening mini-doc, Sandy and Producer Tania Bentley bring us face to face with men who've been held in New Jersey's solitary units - from months to decades - and with corrections officials who insist that solitary in New Jersey no longer exists.

In the studio: Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture; former New York City Corrections Commissioner Martin Horn, and Senior Officer Lance Lopez, president of the state corrections union.


Newark: Civilian Scrutiny on Police
4/18/2015

Abuse, brutality, bias.  They're longstanding charges against Newark police.  But there'snew muscle in the calls for reform.

A scathing federal report supports the claims, and a new activist mayor is demanding newaccountability and controls.

 

So although it's been refused for half a century, a Civilian Police Review Board, maybe the toughest in the country, is now on tap for Newark - if it can survive a probable court challenge.

On this edition of Due Process, we trace the long history of alleged police misconduct inNewark, especially against black citizens.  Then, in the studio: Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, the ACLU's Ari Rosmarin and Captain John Chrystal, president of the NewarkPolice Superior Officers' Association.


Supreme Court Update 2015
4/4/2015

Obamacare and same-sex marriage.  If you thought that Supreme Court decisions had closed the book on both, you'd be wrong.

Despite critical rulings upholding both the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality, they're back before the High Court this term in cases that could decide if 7 million people lose their health care, and whether gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states.

The how, the why, the what to expect: they're the focus of this week's edition of Due Process.  It's our annual SCOTUS Update with Supreme Court Insider Steve Shapiro, National Legal Director of the ACLU.


Chancellor Nancy Cantor
03/07/2015

She's been Chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark for just over one year, but that's been long enough to shake things up - and not just in the classroom.  

 

With a passionate emphasis on diversity and the connections between academics and civic engagementNancy Cantor declares, "We are not just in Newark; we are of Newark" on this week's edition of "Due Process."

 

Cantor, the former President and Chancellor of Syracuse University, is known nationally for her work on universities as anchor institutions -  vehicles for meaningful change - in America's troubled cities.  Newark is already feeling the impact.

 

Please join us for this important exploration of academia's role in the work of social justice.


Clem Price: A Celebration
1/24/15

A voice of reason, an inspirational teacher, the people's historian, Newark's quiet activist.

 

With his death in November, came enormous loss for Clem Price's city, his state, his university.  He was Newark's official historian, Rutgers University-Newark's distinguished professor, New Jersey's public intellectual and a nationally recognized figure in the arts, the academy, the humanities.

 

He was also a great friend and adviser to Due Process, so on this week's edition, we remember Clem Price with the help of two friends and colleagues: RU-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor and Vice Chancellor Marcia Brown.

 

Please join us for this tribute to an extraordinary public figure and exemplary private man.


The Year in Justice 2014
1/17/2015

From the Supreme Court to the court of public opinion ... The State House to the White House ... 2014 saw significant change.  So, on this edition of Due Process, we look back on some stories we did last year - stories that took a decisive turn before this new year even began.

 

The growing acceptance of legalized marijuana and same-sex marriage, the legislative gains of bail reform and "ban the box" - just a few of the justice issues on our docket for this look back at the last year in justice ... and forward to what's to come.

 

We hope you'll join us!





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