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Barry Sussman

Barry Sussman
Fort Lee, New Jersey, US
May 17
Barry Scott Sussman- Born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Sociology. Graduated with a JD from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law specializing in Federal Criminal Procedure and Federal Prosecutorial Misconduct. Worked as a legal commentator during the Clinton impeachment debacle helping educate the public about federal prosecutors and their outrageous abuse of power. Active in the field of credit and collections for over 30 years before a federal trial, conviction and subsequent imprisonment. Now an outspoken critic of the United States Department of Justice and its proclivity towards mass incarceration. Current criminal justice editor at OPC Global,

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The American criminal justice system currently holds the world’s largest population of incarcerated people, approximately 2.3 million at last count.  It is a system that has people serving life sentences for non-violent offenses and despite celebrated anecdotal instances of occasional leni… Read full post »
Prosecutors in the U.S. routinely brag about being able to indict a “ham sandwich,” so the failure of a St. Louis County grand jury to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson begs some puzzling question and reveals quite a bit about what passes for justice in America.

President Obama has selected Loretta Lynch to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.  Many view Lynch as a “safe,” non-controversial choice whose main appeal may be her ability to be confirmed by the new Republican led congress.  If confirmed, she will be the first AfricRead full post »

United States Attorney General Eric Holder has announced his intention to “broadly review” police tactics.  The stated intention may be noble, but Holder has amassed a lengthy track record of empty posturing.  A career prosecutor, he has as of late gone to great lengths to pai
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Rule changes in any game can be problematic as they often inject a heightened sense of difficulty when measuring individual statistical achievements.  A significant revision can throw once orderly measurements of ability into complete disarray, casting a pall upon career accomplishments. 
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The conviction rate in U.S. federal courts currently stands at an incredible 99%, something akin to what one might expect to find in a third world banana republic or hardline authoritarian dictatorship.  While this statistical near certainty of conviction is patently illegitimate on its f… Read full post »

The story came and went with little fanfare, but on July 14, 2014, Citigroup agreed to settle allegations stemming from its role in the mortgage crisis for $7 billion.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Citigroup were previously miles apart on terms of a settlement and the government was
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JULY 10, 2014 2:35PM

Nagin Hammered in the Big Easy


On July 9, 2014, former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. While not as lengthy a term as many had expected, it was nonetheless a significant sentence. Nagin, 58, had been found guilty earlier this year of accepting bribes from city contractors wRead full post »

JUNE 25, 2014 9:21AM

Iraq: Another False Prosecution

Recent events in Iraq demonstrate that wars, like people, are often prosecuted for reasons that have no logical connection to the official explanations offered.  In the case of Iraq, various false stories were spun in an attempt to justify an indefensible and undeniably preemptive war.  W
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In the wake of an NBC interview with National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that Snowden should “man up” and “trust the American system of justice.”  
Kerry further told NBC's "Today" show, "If Mr. Sn
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"It is the invariable habit of bureaucracies, at all times and everywhere, to assume... that every citizen is a criminal. Their one apparent purpose, pursued with a relentless and furious diligence, is to convert the assumption into a fact. - H.L. Mencken.

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A good friend who knows that I regularly write on criminal justice issues recently sent me an email inquiring as to how many convicted felons there are in the U.S.  I expected the answer to be readily available through a simple Google search, but more than a fair amount
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APRIL 10, 2014 1:11PM

The Pretense of Protection

In the wake of 9/11 there has been on ongoing massive buildup and militarization of local police departments, ostensibly for the purpose of protecting the public.  Recent high profile incidents of gross police misconduct strongly suggest, however, that the stated goal of public protection is n
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Holder Calls for Sentencing Reform, Maybe  By Barry Scott Sussman
2014-03-18 11:00:00
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has endorsed a proposal that would result in shorter prison sentences for many nonviolent drug offenders, saying the change would rein in runaway federal prison costs and create a fairer criminal justice system.  Holder’s s
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The conviction rate in U.S. federal courts now exceeds an incredible 99%, something more akin to what one would expect in a Third World dictatorship or banana republic.  The largely pre-ordained results, themselves, suggest a startling level of illegitimacy.  Even if every accused defend
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FEBRUARY 7, 2014 12:01PM

The Sociopathy of Chris Christie

The current scandals swirling around New Jersey Governor Chris Christie offer an interesting insight into a particular type of sociopathy, one that Christie has displayed since his days as a U.S. attorney.  Unfortunately for Christie, the very same sociopathic traits that often make for a succ
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is being subjected to meaningful media scrutiny for possibly the first time in his public career. Prior to the ongoing revelations of his recent and reportedly growing scandals, Christie had received a virtual free pass from the media which ignored a host ofRead full post »
JANUARY 10, 2014 8:46AM

Chris Christie's Prosecutorial Jam

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the media proclaimed frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, finds himself at a potential political dead end as a result of a scandal involving a deliberately ordered traffic jam. His current predicament flows from mysterious lane closur

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DECEMBER 17, 2013 11:54AM

Feds Arrest Fake Airport Bomber

On Friday, December 13, 2013, federal authorities announced the arrest of Terry Lee Loewen, 58. Loewen was charged with one count of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property and one count of attempting to provide material support to a designat

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NOVEMBER 20, 2013 9:24AM

America's Eichmann

Godwin’s Law is an assertion, widely credited to Mike Godwin of the Electronic Freedom Foundation, basically holding that a discussion essentially ends when a Nazi or Hitler analogy is raised and signals that the party making such a comparison has lost the argument. It is widely cited, pRead full post »
NOVEMBER 5, 2013 8:28AM


It has long been recognized that views or opinions are often situational and subject to change depending upon where one might currently be ensconced. Former Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo famously quipped, “A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before.” With the

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Despite their lifetime appointments and near limitless power, federal judges typically escape meaningful scrutiny from the media or public. Serious attention is typically for reserved Supreme Court justices, in spite of the fact that the average person is significantly more likely to be impact

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America’s government shutdown has provided a plethora of fodder for media outlets seeking to score points with select segments of their audience. Conservative news outlets have run repeated stories on the closure of parks and war memorials while more liberal reporting has focused on the

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On September 23, 2013, famed defense counsel and Abu Ghraib whistleblower Paul Bergrin was sentenced to multiple life terms as a result of his conviction on murder conspiracy, narcotics distribution and other charges. Bergrin, 57, had represented numerous high profile clients, but is arguably

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 12:15PM


Attorney General Eric Holder, in what was widely reported by the fawning American press as an “historic announcement,” admitted much of what critics of the Department of Justice (DOJ) have long asserted. Holder, in a speech given before the American Bar Association on August 12, 20

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