Herb Stern: Diary of a DA


Some prosecute, some do defense, some become judges. The exceptional may make it to the federal bench.


Then there are those who do it all - and more. A rare few even come to be called "legend." Former U.S. District Judge Herb Stern is one of those.


Starting as a DA in New York, Stern swiftly rose to be the powerful U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, all less than a decade out of law school, with a string of spectacular cases - from the killing of Malcolm X to the mob hold on NJ politicians - that made him famous.


On the eve of the publication of his latest book, "Diary of a DA," Herb Stern sits down for a candid conversation with Host Raymond Brown on this edition of "Due Process."

DREAM Act: One Step Closer


A presidential initiative is bringing new hope to hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people - brought to this country as children, raised as Americans, but barred, until now, from legal status.


On this edition of Due Process, the process, the pitfalls and the politics of the Obama order, and how it falls far short of the hard-fought, but defeated, "Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act."


The DREAM Act would have transformed their lives, started them on a path to citizenship, but it went down to defeat in Congress in December of 2010.


The new Obama move has no provision for permanence, and could disappear with the presidential election, but it's still brought cheers from the left and condemnation from the right. Undocumented youth who qualify could come out of the shadows, with the right to legally work, free of the threat of arrest and deportation - for now.


A Due Process mini-doc, produced by Sandra King and Associate Producer Tania Ivanova, features a Rutgers honor student, Marison Conde-Hernandez - brought to this country at 18 months, and risking her freedom by coming out publicly as undocumented.


Conde-Hernandez is also featured in the studio, along with Herb London of the Hudson and Manhattan Institutes and Lori Nessel of the Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice.

Bullying Bill of Rights


In the wake of Rutgers Freshman Tyler Clementi's suicide, New Jersey reacted with the toughest law in the country: the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.


It's been praised by advocates, who say the time has come for zero tolerance of bullies, and damned by those who claim it burdens schools financially and administratively, as the onus for stopping kid-on-kid abuse - both in school and out - is placed squarely on educators.


On this edition of Due Process, we trace the history of the anti-bullying movement, visit a Bergen County school that's stepped up to the challenge, and consider the impact of a powerful documentary film, simply titled "Bully."


In the studio, Ray Brown and Sandy King explore the controversy concerning the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights with Dr. Stuart Green of the NJ Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention; Clinical Psychologist Dr. Steven Sussman, and Teresa Moore of the Rutgers-Newark Institute on Education Law and Policy.

The Great Migration

It's one of this country's most important stories, yet it's not taught in our schools ... and it's rarely been told.


It's the story of a vast migration of 6 million African-Americans - former slaves, their children and their grandchildren - escaping the terror and humiliation of the South, hoping to finally find freedom in the North.


Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Isabel Wilkerson - our only guest on this edition of Due Process - says her monumental book, "The Warmth of Other Suns," was her attempt to honor more than a half-century of the difficult flight to freedom.


Sandy King and Ray Brown talk to Wilkerson about the 2,000 interviews and 13 years that went into her groundbreaking work. Their conversation ranges from the horrors of the Jim Crow South to the implications for social justice today.


Wilkerson is as engaging an interview as she is a writer. This is a Due Process you won't want to miss.

Facing Our Future


Regionalize public safety and schools? Impose an internet sales tax? Expand e-government? Just a few of the ideas put forth in a bold new report.


We pay more for government, but get less. Old assumptions can no longer be relied on, old institutions are in need of reform and all indices point to a situation that can only get worse.


So when the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers put together a panel of experts, a Leadership Group, to sound the alarm ... and make some practical suggestions for change ... Due Process was among those who were waiting for their findings.


"Facing Our Future" is now part of the public dialogue, and it's the focus of this week's Due Process.


Joining the conversation from the Rutgers iTV Studio: Raphael Caprio, University Professor at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and a longtime New Jersey expert on public administration; Ingrid Reed, formerly of The Eagleton Institute of Politics, currently chair of the online public interest news service NJSpotlight.com, and lawyer and former judge, Oliver Quinn, Senior Counselor at Taft and Partners.

Jersey Sting


It was the most spectacular political corruption bust in New Jersey history: the federal government's "Jersey Sting." Dozens of politicians, influence peddlers and money launderers arrested, dozens pleading guilty or convicted at trial.


Among them: a rising political star like Hoboken's new mayor, Peter Cammarano, and longtime party stalwarts like Jersey City Deputy Mayor (and onetime burlesque queen) Leona Beldini. It made months of headlines, and may have helped sway a gubernatorial campaign.

But through it all, questions and controversy raised by the character and credibility of the sting man, Solomon Dwek, a ponzi-running grifter, convicted of bank fraud.

On this edition of "Due Process," a closer look at the Jersey Sting with defense attorneys, prosecutors and two reporters who, literally, wrote the book.


In Sandra King's field piece: Defense Lawyer Alan Zegas, former prosecutor Jay Fahy and Josh Margolin, co-author of the book, "The Jersey Sting."

In the studio with Sandy and co-host Raymond Brown: Joseph Hayden, who represented Cammarano; Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli, and the "Jersey Sting's" other author, Ted Sherman.

Supreme Court Update 2012


It's U.S. Supreme Court "prime time."  The Court's hearing its final cases ... the Obama Health Care Plan and the Arizona Immigration Law hang in the balance ... and the major decisions are yet to come down. 


It's also time for the annual Due Process analysis of the High Court's year in law and justice - with the ACLU's National Legal Director, Steve Shapiro.


The eloquent Shapiro has a front row seat to the Supremes, and the unique ability to turn the Court's complex goings on into the clear and comprehensible - presenting both sides of the legal arguments, despite his own stance on the issue. The 90 lawyers on his staff are among the advocates in a wide range of the cases - from strip search in New Jersey to immigration law in Arizona.  In fact, this year, the ACLU is a participant in 24% of the 79 cases that The Court agreed to hear.  And Steve Shapiro knows them all.


Steve will be sharing his insider insights with Due Process co-host Sandra King.



You won't want to miss it!

Ken Feinberg: Master of Disasters


He's been called the master of disasters - the special master in some of this country's most daunting, most difficult questions of who should be compensated in the wake of horrific events - natural or manmade. He's been the man put in charge of who gets what, over and over again, from veterans with health destroyed by Agent Orange to the dead and injured of 9/11 and the victims of the BP explosion in the gulf.


Ken Feinberg was chosen for Rutgers School of Law's 2012 Paul S. Miller distinguished lecture and the event gave Due Process the rare opportunity to find out how one lawyer manages to shoulder such daunting roles - the calculations and the consequences.


Sandra King anchors, while Raymond Brown has the exclusive one-on-one with Ken Feinberg, our special and only guest, this Sunday on Due Process!


Judge Carter Remembered

He was the unsung hero of Brown v. Board - the case that changed American life, and brought us one step closer to justice. So with his death at 94, Due Process looks back at the life and work of U.S. District Court Judge Robert Carter.


Raised in poverty in Newark and East Orange, Carter not only served as Thurgood Marshall's first lieutenant, but, in fact, was the architect of their most important work: the iconic Brown case, which brought an end to legally sanctioned segregation of American public schools.


Five years ago, Sandra King had the rare opportunity to conduct what may have been Carter's last major interview, in a candid conversation in his Manhattan apartment. Never one to mince words, Judge Carter told Sandy that America continues to be plagued by the myth of white supremacy.


In this special edition of Due Process, we reprise portions of that interview, interspersed with discussion and analysis from former Secretary of State Nina Wells and her husband, Ted Wells, whose high profile clients have included "Scooter" Libby, Eliot Spitzer and Citibank. More important, Ted is chairman emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to which Carter devoted years of his life. Ted and Nina were close friends of Judge Carter during the last decades of his life, as well as his most enthusiastic admirers.


When the NJ Dept. Of Education headquarters was dedicated in Carter's honor in 2006, then-Secretary Wells told those gathered that she credited Judge Carter with her own success, and with the access to opportunity afforded to countless other African-Americans in the more than 50 years since Brown v. Board.


Prisoner Reentry: Breaking the Cycle


The odds are almost insurmountable; a man or woman leaving prison with no skills, no money, no job, no preparation, no prospects. That's the grim reality for most people trying to reenter a sociert in which they failed - and which failed them - in the first place.


So it's no wonder that jails and prisons seems to have a kind of revlolving door - nearly everyone will eventually be released and a shockingly high percentage will find their way back in.


On this edition of Due Process, the dilemma of reentry, of breaking the cycle of recidivism. In the field piece, Sandra King, with the help of Associate Producer Tania Ivanova, explores some creative approaches to setting troubled lives on track - from intensive drug rehab, to job training and placement, and even a unique program employing photography as a medium for self-discovery.


In the studio, Sandy and Raymond Brown get some thought-provoking, even surprising analysis from former Gov. Jim McGreevey, now a seminary graduate with a prison ministry; from Cornell Brooks, President and CEO of the NJ Institute for Social Justice, which has been in the forefront of the reentry reform movement, and from Nancy Wolff, Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers' Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy.

The 9/11 Commission Chairs in Candid Conversation


Chances are, none of us has really gotten over 9/11. It changed our collective psyche ... our foreign policy ... our law enforcement ... our world.


And yet few of us have lived with 9/11 as constantly as have the senior statesmen who were charged with the task of finding out what happened, and why ... and what should happen next: the 9/11 Commission.


The enormity of its task was really spelled out in the official title, The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. At its helm, former Gov. Tom Kean, a Republican, as Chair ... former Congressman Lee Hamilton, a Democrat, vice chair. But, from the start, Kean made clear it was to be a partnership. They would work together and lead together. Their report became a surprise bestseller, and even made the short list for the National Book Award.


So when he was named this year's Clifford Case Professor of Public Affairs at the Eagleton Institute of Politics here at Rutgers, Hamilton ... and Kean ... also spent some time with Due Process at the Rutgers iTV Studio.


This week on Due Process, Raymond Brown has the rare opportunity to engage them in some surprisingly candid conversation. Kean and Hamilton and some controversial ideas - from the threats to civil liberties post-9/11 to government assassination of a U.S. citizen.


Justice Ginsburg: Women on the Bench

Although she'd been first in her class at Columbia Law School, Justice Frankfurter turned her down for a clerkship - because she was a woman.


So, back in the 60s, when she was teaching law at Rutgers - and no woman had ever been seated on The Court - who would have guessed that Ruth Bader from Brooklyn would be named as the second woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice?


Now, after an impressive 20 year tenure, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sets the standard for women on the bench, a symbol of just how much things have changed for women in the law. Who better then to close a historic 5-day conference of women judges from across the U.S. and 23 other countries?


The National Association of Women Judges had, boldly, called their conference for Newark, with venues including Rutgers and Seton Hall Law Schools, and women from around the world responded - including the revered Justice Ginsburg.


Due Process was granted exclusive access to the Ginsburg speech, affording the public a rare chance to see and hear the iconic Justice, The Court's oldest member.


On this edition of Due Process, the Ginsburg speech on the value of judicial dissent and a distinguished panel to put it all in context.


The field piece includes expert commentary from former NJ Supreme Court Chief Justice Deborah Poritz, retired Hudson Superior Court Judge Barbara Curran, Administrative Law Judge Sandra Robinson, and Conference Chair and NJ Worker's Compensation Court Judge Sue Pai Yang.


In the studio, Raymond Brown and Sandra King follow up with US Bankruptcy Court Judge Rosemary Gambardella, Superior Court Judge Michelle Hollar-Gregory and Rutgers Law School Dean Frances Bouchoux, the Conference Co-Chair.

Decriminalize Marijuana: NJ Ponders


It took two decades to pass medical marijuana, and two years later, it's still not up and running.


So what are the chances for a new bill that would decriminalize smoking small amounts of pot - just for pleasure?


On this edition of Due Process: the pros and cons ... and politics ... of legalizing recreational marijuana.


Our opening mini-doc features film images of pot - from "Reefer Madness" to "Woodstock" - as well as dueling current perceptions. Although a Princeton psychiatrist makes the argument that alcohol presents greater dangers than pot, a retired police lieutenant insists that pot really is a gateway to the hard stuff. And the voice of The Star-Ledger, Editorial Page Editor Tom Moran, explains the Ledger's support for decriminalization.


In the studio, Raymond Brown and Sandra King put the societal, health and enforcement issues to Rutgers Philosophy Prof. Doug Husak, former Prosecutor Donald Rinaldi and the Rev. Dr. William Howard, former chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors.

Exoneration: The Spruell Struggle

The third and final show of our exoneration series, uses the case of Quincy Spruell - innocent of a murder for which he served 24 years until a former NJ Attorney General, a television journalist and a Rutgers Law School Clinic joined forces to win a Governor's clemency - to demonstrate how mistakes and misconduct can combine to imprison the wrong man.


Studio Guests: Quincy Spruell; Rutgers Urban Legal Clinic Director Laura Cohen, and longtime innocence attorney Paul Casteleiro.

Barry Scheck: Fighting for Innocence

In part II of our exoneration series, Barry Scheck's 20 years of DNA innocence work is the focus, with Scheck as the only guest for an in-depth, candid interview with Hosts Raymond Brown and Sandra King.


The second of our three new episodes of "Due Process" mark the series' new identity as a presentation of Rutgers School of Law-Newark and the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, with new studio facilities at Rutgers iTV, Division of Continuing Studies.

Last Resort


The first of the three programs of the Due Process exoneration series, "The Last Resort Exoneration Project," focuses on the case of Kevin Rojas, a Union City high school senior whose night out in Manhattan led to mistaken eyewitness identifications, a murder conviction and more than four years in prison - before an idealistic mother and daughter team managed to free him. The result: a new ground-breaking project at Seton Hall Law School, devoted to the daunting task of freeing the innocent - without the help of DNA.


Studio Guests: Barry Scheck of The Innocence Project at Cardozo Law School; Jim McCloskey of the Princeton-based Centurion Ministries, and Lesley Risinger, founder of "Last Resort."

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