The author has lived and worked in downtown Manhattan and in SoHo where he and his family have been involved in the publishing field since the 1920’s. He was a member of the Community Board and produced The SoHo Journal beginning in the late 1990’s.
His controversial articles and blogs about politics in Manhattan and in the Hamptons attracted the attention of several corrupt politicians about whom he wrote. One of those, a District Attorney in the Hamptons, initiated a criminal prosecution against him for his articles. Due to the extraordinary cost of defending against such a criminal proceeding, however, an all too familiar reality among black and brown defendants, the author was reduced to accepting a plea deal — a notorious staple of the criminal injustice system. This resulted in a four year prison term, essentially earned for writing about the Truth. As a result of this experience he has become a consultant in New York in the criminal justice field where reform is desperately needed.
“If I can survive I can keep you alive
I’m not above going through it again
I’m not above being cool for a while
If you’re cruel to me, I’ll understand
Some people run from a possible fight
Some people figure they can never win
And although this is a fight I can lose
The accused is an innocent man”
— Billy Joel