Nationally-known Judge Stuart Namm, best known for his crusade to reveal widespread corruption in the criminal justice system over three decades ago, will speak at Cape Fear Community College.
The program will be held on Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. in room S-002 at the downtown Wilmington Campus. A question and answer session will follow his presentation.
He will be recount his life in law and politics and the events that brought it to an end. He is the first recipient of the Justice Thurgood Marshall Award, and was awarded a lifetime membership in the NAACP as “someone who stood up for what was right at great personal sacrifice.”
Once hailed as â€œthe Serpico of Judgesâ€ Namm created a furor in the 1980s for exposing corruption and incompetence in the criminal justice system of Suffolk County, N.Y. He also campaigned on behalf of at least one defendant whoâ€™d been wrongly convicted of murdering his parents. In the end, political opponents succeeded in having him forcibly â€œretiredâ€ from the New York state bench.
Namm recently published a book, Â A Whistleblower’s Lament: The Perverted Pursuit of Justice in the State of New York,Â which details his career.
The program is free and open to the public.