Part 3: Prosecution and Defense
FBI Agent Terry Neist:
After the Camden 28 case, Terry Neist continued serving the FBI in Camden New Jersey, and began specializing in foreign counterintelligence cases. In 1974, he was sent to Monterey, California, for a year, to study Russian at the Defense language Institute. In 1975, he was assigned to the field office in New York City, where he worked for nearly three years, first with the Russian language in efforts against the Soviets and then as coordinator of a Soviet surveillance group. In 1978, he transferred to the Washington D.C. field office, where he continued to work against the Soviets, both the GRU (military intelligence) and the KGB. In 1986, he transferred to the Richmond, Virginia, office of the FBI and worked foreign counterintelligence against the Soviets and other hostile intelligence services. He also began teaching in local police academies, including such subjects as stress management in law enforcement and hostage and crisis negotiation. He was a member of the Richmond SWAT team for 10 years, and then was the hostage/crisis negotiator for the Richmond Division. He then became the Training and National Academy coordinator, handling training for the office and providing training to local agencies as well as selecting and processing local officers chosen for the FBI’s National Academy.
He retired in July 1998, and since retirement, he has had his own investigative company, which does government background investigations as well as private investigations. He lives in rural Essex County, Virginia, with his wife and daughter.
Camden 28 Defense Attorneys
After the Camden 28 trial, David Kairys continued practicing law with his firm (now Kairys, Rudovsky, Epstein & Messing), which thrived after the addition of a Camden 28 defendant, Jayma Abdoo. He focused mostly on civil rights cases; he also wrote books, articles and commentary in popular media. In 1990, he began teaching at Temple Law School, where he is now a law professor. During his career, he has represented FBI agent Donald Rochon in the leading race case against the FBI, has stopped police sweeps of minority neighborhoods in Philadelphia and has represented Dr. Benjamin Spock in a free speech case before the Supreme Court. He says, “The Camden 28 â€” the case and the people â€” are, for me, one of [life’s] highlights.”
After the Camden 28 trial, Marty Stolar returned to practicing law solo in New York City, doing the same kind of criminal and criminal/political defense work that had taken him to Camden. He has continued to do this work, having represented post-9/11 detainees, Amadou Diallo demonstrators, protestors at the World Economic Forum and those protesting the presence of the U.S. Navy in Vieques, Puerto Rico. He says, “I still enjoy what I do and the people I am lucky enough to be able to represent. It’s the best thing and most rewarding thing I do.”
Since 1974, Carl Broege has been a public defender, in Newark and in Jersey City. Since 1982, he has been one of a handful of New Jersey criminal lawyers specializing in defense of people threatened with the death penalty. Carl has also been an adjunct instructor at Montclair State University, and he writes poetry about his experiences and his passions. He is married to Patricia Mitchell and they have five children.