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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 Online Publishing Company Ltd.,

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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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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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Recent revelations have confirmed that national medical marijuana advocates, Thomas Daubert and Chris Lindsey, have acted as informants, furnishing the federal government with information against others within the field they purport to represent. How long they have acted as double agents withiRead full post »

Matthew Hutcheson, famed 401(k) fiduciary expert, was convicted at trial of federal wire fraud charges in April, 2013.   Many believe, and evidence strongly suggests, that Hutcheson’s federal charges were brought about as a direct result of his whistleblowing activities regarding a

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JULY 2, 2013 11:20AM


National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden’s shocking revelations of massive illegal government surveillance was swiftly met by the Obama administration’s routine response to whistleblowers, criminal prosecution in federal court. The program he exposed is nothing l

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The activities of Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower who reported a massive illegal government data gathering program, have perhaps inadvertently revealed how America is truly viewed by the world’s nations. Snowden initially sought refuge in Honk Kong after

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JUNE 12, 2013 4:36PM


Ever since George W. Bush initially made the puzzling assertion that they hate us for our freedom, it was abundantly clear that this muddled message was wrong on multiple levels. Bush, an inartful propagandist, never fleshed out exactly who the “they” were, other than to say that t

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As the Obama administration is facing multiple growing scandals, both real and imagined, enemies of the administration are investigating various alleged misdeeds. Unfortunately, most of the efforts being leveled against the current regime in Washington are driven by petty partisan agendas

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Of all of the mischaracterization and outright deception to come out of the bombing of the Boston Marathon, the assault on citizens’ Miranda rights is arguably the most pernicious. 

Miranda rights flow from a landmark United States Supreme Court decision, Miranda v. Arizona,

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The pattern by now has become predictable, well-worn and tiresome. A paid informant is directed by the FBI to locate a vulnerable, hapless soul who is typically suffering from some mental infirmity, appeal to his religious beliefs and/or offer him a modest amount of money (documented cases ha

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While many people have perceived scores to settle, few have the option of bringing the full power of the federal government down upon their real and imagined adversaries. Citizens are routinely led to believe that sufficient safeguards exist so as to prevent the law from being used an instrume

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2013-03-21 10:15:00

The American legal system, which unashamedly holds itself out to the world as a model for all other nations to follow, boasts of a presumption of innocence which is afforded to all accused. While hardly anyone would overtly criticize this lofty ideal, its existence is for

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2013-03-12 08:00:00

While the national media dutifully reports on the stunning number of erroneous convictions in the U.S., the tone of their reporting belies the media’s inability to hones

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The trial of Abu Ghraib whistleblower Paul Bergrin entered a key phase on February 20 as the government’s central witness, alleged hit man Oscar Cordova, began his direct testimony. Bergrin, a prominent North Jersey defense attorney and former JAG lawyer, was one of the first people to d

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