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Episode 33

Did you know Aida once worked at Brueggers Bagels?

On this issue of Crime & Justice Radio, Bruce and Aida talked through the criminal news of the week, including explaining the verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery trial and a review of the upcoming trial of Ghislane Maxwell. Their guest was a former homicide prosecutor turned baker, Bob Biancavilla of Duck Island Bread.

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Episode 32

What a week in criminal justice news! Bruce and Aida were delighted to host two very timely guests: Vanessa Potkin, the Director of Post-Conviction Litigation for the Innocence Project, as well as co-creator and co-executive producer of The Last Defense, and, Nassau County District Attorney-elect, Anne Donnelly.

DA-elect Donnelly talked about what comes next when she assumes this hugely important role next year, and Vanessa talked about the commutation of Julius Jones, the role of The Last Defense in bringing that case into the mainstream, and the recent exonerations of the Malcolm X shooters, which The Innocence Project was also involved with. She and Aida also commiserated about how they chose Julius's case for the show.

It is a jam-packed episode. Please give it a listen!

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Episode 31

Our founding partner Kevin Kearon guest-hosted this episode of Crime & Justice Radio. He provided a newsy update on a very long list of list of criminal justice cases, from Julius Jones, to the latest in the case against former New York State Governor Cuomo to the Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery trials, and much more.

For the second half of the show, Kevin interviewed Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, the Commissioner's second appearance on the show.

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Episode 30

After Bruce and Aida ran through the ample criminal justice news of the week, Ray Tierney, the newly elected Suffolk County District Attorney, joined our hosts to talk about his recent win and initial plans for when he takes office.

Not only was Mr. Tierney the very first guest on Crime & Justice Radio, but he and the new Nassau County DA, Anne Donnelly, were both guests on the show during the fall election cycle.

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Episode 29

Madeline Davis-Jones, mother of Julius Jones, was Bruce and Aida's guest fresh off of the Pardon and Parole Board hearing of that morning that recommended her son's sentence be commuted.

She is a truly inspiring woman. Please give this episode a listen!

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Episode 28

Bruce and Aida opened the show talking about the Brian Laundrie case and unfortunate latest news in that case: Mr. Laundrie's body has been found.

They then discussed the tragedy on the RUST set.

Andrew Chernoff of Coliseum Gun Traders joined them as their guest. He provided some interesting insight about what might have gone wrong on the film set in the mishandling of the revolver and speculated as to why there were live rounds on a film set.

It's eye-opening. Give it a listen!

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Episode 27

This week we had a guest who has the power to change some of the issues we talk about on each show.

Don't miss this episode! U.S. Congressman and New York State gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin joins Bruce and Aida to discuss vaccine mandates, criminal justice reform, and why he is running for governor.

Former Nassau County Police Commissioner Bill Flanagan also joined the show to give his unique insight into the criminal justice system and what needs to change.

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Episode 26

After the weekly overview of the latest criminal justice news, Lonnie Soury is Bruce and Aida's guest. They discuss a number of his high-profile cases, and the role of the media in the trying of criminal cases.

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Episode 25

Bruce and Aida were delighted to have their law partner and former judge, Hon. David Ayres, as their guest for today's show.

They asked Judge Ayres what it is like to sit on the bench between two parties bitterly fighting over a case and keeping composure and neutrality -- from criminal to family court cases.

Listen below to get a behind-the-scenes look at the judiciary in New York State!

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Episode 24

When do defense attorneys and corrections officers agree? When they are discussing the state of our jail and prison system.

On this week's episode, Bruce and Aida take on the issue of abhorrent jail and prison conditions in light of more deaths at Rikers Island.

Their guests are Tina Luongo of the Legal Aid Society and Tyrone Covington, the Correction Union President at the notorious Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC).

Please give it a listen!

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Episode 23

This week, Bruce Barket and Aida Leisenring provide an update on the latest developments in the Julius Jones case, and speak with Monsignor James P. Lisante and Lynn Paltrow, founder of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) about the new Texas law. It's a very newsy and informative show.

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Episode 22

On the Labor Day episode of Crime & Justice Radio, Bruce and Aida played part of a Kanye song, gave the latest updates on the Julius Jones case, and interviewed Steve Zeidman, a well-known criminal defense attorney and CUNY law professor who represented David Gilbert (1981 Brink's Robbery Participant) and five others pardoned by former New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo immediately prior to his resignation.

Among many other things, they discussed how long is long enough to keep a person in prison as punishment for crimes committed. Check it out!

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Episode 21

In this packed episode, Bruce and Aida host Jimmy Lawson, an old friend of Julius Jones, to talk about the latest news in that high-profile case that Aida played a huge role in bringing into the public eye as Executive Producer of The Last Defense.

Later in the show, Judge Kamins was the guest, talking about representing former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Harvey Weinstein.

It's another fascinating show!

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Episode 20

What does South Park have to do with wearing masks in the courtroom?

In this episode of Crime & Justice Radio, hosts Bruce Barket and Aida Leisenring talked about the ongoing discussions around mask mandates, the Julius Jones death row case out of Oklahoma that Aida had a significant role in bringing to the public's attention as a result of executive producing The Last Defense for ABC, and spoke with the amazing Fred Klein.

They also took questions from listeners!

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Episode 19

Bruce and Aida discussed the fallout from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's resignation, the latest news on the Suffolk District Attorney Spota case including his recent sentencing, talked about the rise of vaccine mandates and what that means, and also interviewed Anne Donnelly, who is running for Nassau County District Attorney, and Marc Howard, a professor at Georgetown University who is fighting -- with his students -- to overturn wrongful convictions.

It was a terrific show!

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Episode 18

On this episode, Bruce and Aida discussed vaccine mandates, the Robert Durst case, and discussed the potential criminal liability for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo with Kevin Kearon, and how to weigh the allegations taken to the Albany County District Attorney by one of his accusers.

They discussed the difference in misdemeanor and felony charges.

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Episode 17

On this episode, Bruce and Aida talked about the latest rumblings regarding mandating vaccines and the Delta virus, their "favorite" clients and cases, and much more!

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Episode 16

Ever wonder why people choose to go into criminal defense?

Bruce Barket and Aida Leisenring talked about why they got into this practice area on this week's episode.

They also interviewed another passionate criminal defender, Joseph McBride, about his career, and his current representation of one of the more infamous alleged January 6th Capitol trespassers.

It was a great show!

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Episode 15

Bruce Barket and Aida Leisenring interview Nassau County Police Department Commissioner Patrick Ryder in this episode of Crime & Justice Radio on LI News Radio. They talk about falling crime rates and Ryder's policing philosophy on keeping crime down.

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Episode 14

In this episode of Crime & Justice Radio, Bruce and Aida host famed defense attorney Nancy Hollander. Nancy was portrayed by Jodie Foster in The Mauritanian, which was the story of her defense of one of the men accused of facilitating the World Trade Center attacks, and her efforts to get him out of Guantanamo Bay.

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Episode 13

Wondering what Bill Cosby's attorney had to say after his client's early release from prison?

Bruce Barket and Aida Leisenring spoke with Brian Perry, Bill Cosby's lawyer, about the incredible news of last week, on this episode of Crime & Justice Radio.

They also hosted Mario Chavez, who called in from a New Mexico prison to tell his amazing story. He was convicted of murder, has been imprisoned for 17 years, and claims he is innocent.

Do not miss this show!

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Episode 12

On this episode of Crime & Justice Radio, partner Kevin Kearon guest hosts and interviews Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Justice, Fernando Camacho, on the The Role of Judges in Turning Troubled Young Lives Around and Ending the Revolving Door in the Criminal Justice System.

It's a terrific episode!

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Episode 11

If you like to listen to podcasts about unsolved murders, you are going to love this episode!

Thomas Hargrove, founder of the Murder Accountability Project, talks with Bruce and Aida about the abundance of unsolved murders around the country, where they are, and why these crimes remain unsolved.

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Episode 10

Famed international exoneree, best selling author and podcast host, Amanda Knox, was Bruce Barket and Aida Leisenring's guest on this episode of Crime & Justice Radio.

She talked about the experience of being forced into a false confession while living and working in Italy, wrongful convictions, how these horrible experiences affect extended families, her point of view as a "translator" for issues of criminal justice, and so much more.

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Episode 9

On this episode of Crime & Justice Radio, hosts Bruce Barket and Aida Leisenring dig into the latest criminal justice news from around the country, and then have a fascinating conversation with civil rights attorney extraordinaire, Ron Kuby.

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Episode 8

Bruce and Aida's special Memorial Day episode included: honoring our veterans, talking about American detainees at Gitmo and an interview with Hon. Terrence Murphy, ret. Lt. Col., and Veteran’s Court Judge.

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Episode 7

Veteran 48 Hours correspondent Erin Moriarty joined Bruce Barket and Aida Leisenring to talk about responsibility as a journalist, media exclusion from Quintin Jones’ execution, and her podcast, "My Life of Crime". Steve Epstein also joined as a guest to talk about the importance of not drinking and driving over this upcoming holiday weekend and tips on traffic stops.

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Episode 6

Sarah Edmonson and Nippy Ames brought down one of the most notorious sex trafficking cults, featured on HBO's The Vow: NXIVM. And they were Bruce Barket and Aida Leisenring's guests, for what was truly an amazing episode of Crime & Justice Radio. Sarah and Nippy talked about how they got caught up in a cult, why they felt they couldn't leave, and how, finally, they were able to break away.

Bruce and Aida also reviewed several high-profile cases, including having John LoTurco on the show to talk about the Michael Valva murder trial.

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Episode 5

Don't miss this compelling episode! Bruce and Aida discussed the latest national criminal justice news and then hosted Jennifer Thompson, New York Times bestselling author, crime victim, survivor, healer, and founder of, who discussed the many forgotten victims of wrongful convictions, and finding a healing path forward.

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Episode 4

Host Aida Leisenring, with guest host Marty Tankleff, exoneree now attorney, and guest Steven Brand, a criminal defense attorney, talked about what it means to be wrongly convicted or falsely accused. It is important to remember that the falsely accused are victims, too.

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Episode 3

In this compelling episode, hosts Bruce Barket and Aida Leisenring interviewed Ron McAndrew, a former death row warden who carried out executions. He talked about how the work changed him, as well as his changed views on the death penalty.

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Episode 2

Bruce and Aida interviewed Risco Lewis, Suffolk Deputy Police Commissioner, African American lawyer and former Nassau County Prosecutor about her experiences as a part of the criminal justice system. They also discussed the multiple high profile criminal issues leading the news, from the Derek Chauvin trial's closing arguments to excessive force and implicit bias.

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Episode 1

Listen to Bruce Barket and Aida Leisenring's radio debut on "Crime & Justice Radio" on LI News Radio, iHeartRadio and 103.9 FM. Their first guest was Suffolk DA candidate Ray Tierney.

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