Wrongfully Convicted Man Comes For Those Who Put Him Behind Bars – Isaac Wright Jr.

3rd July 2019  •  3 min read

Isaac Wright Jr. was wrongfully convicted of being a drug kingpin. In prison, he educated himself on law & served as his own lawyer during his appeal process. Following his release, he legally came for those who railroaded him.


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In 1991, Isaac Wright Jr. was wrongfully convicted of being a drug kingpin in New Jersey. In fact, he was the first person to ever be convicted as a drug kingpin under the new “drug kingpin” law at the time.

Wright allegedly led a band of drug dealers who packaged up cocaine and shipped it to New Brunswick where it was then sent out for distribution throughout Middlesex and Somerset counties.1

Wright was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, plus a number of other charges that added another ten years to his sentence.2

Wright said that he had never dealt drugs but had several friends who did, adding that he “was a victim of circumstance.” He also said that the new ”drug kingpin” law was sentencing low-level drug dealers to exorbitant prison sentences. He represented himself during his trial, stating he was the person most familiar with the facts of the case.

Nevertheless, he was found guilty of running a cocaine network in Middlesex and Somerset Countie which netted up to $30,000 a day.

While behind bars, Wright educated himself on the law and became a prison paralegal; he assisted numerous inmates with their appeals; he was credited with lowering the sentenced and overturning convictions of at least twenty inmates.3

During his own appeal process, Wright served as his own lawyer. While conducting a cross-examination, Wright was able to extract a confession of police misconduct from veteran police detective, James Dugan, who confessed to a wide and systematic misconduct and cover-up. Dugan also confessed that he had searched Wright’s apartment before obtaining court approval.

A Superior Court Judge ruled that former Somerset County Prosecutor Nicholas Bissell had made secret plea deals with witnesses and had illegally seized cocaine which he then used to convict. In 1995, federal prosecutors indicted Bissell and his wife. The Supreme Court also found out that Superior Court Judge Michael Imbriani had improperly instructed jurors.

As a result, the case against Wright crumbled and he was subsequently released from prison after his friends posted $250,000 bail.4 State Superior Court Judge Leonard Arnold ordered a new trial but then in 1998, The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office announced that they would not resume their criminal case against him.

Following his incarceration, Wright obtained an undergraduate degree, graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law and passed the New Jersey Bar. However, it took the New Jersey Bar nine years to admit Wright while they investigated his “character.”

“I went to law school for one reason and one reason only… To slay giants for a price. And if the giant is big enough and the cause is important enough, I’ll do it for free, especially when it involves helping those who cannot help themselves,” he said.5

With his new status as a lawyer, Wright went after the men involved in the misconduct and cover-up. Dugan pleaded guilty to official misconduct and evaded prison time. Imbriani was removed from the bench and found guilty of embezzling from his real estate partners. Bissell fled to Laughlin, Nevada, just before he was scheduled to begin his prison term and committed suicide in a hotel room.

Footnotes:

  1. The Central New Jersey Home News, 1 November, 1996 – “Landmark Drug Conviction Overturned”
  2. The Times, 21 March, 1997 – “Revisions to Drug Kingpin Law Held at Attorney General’s Request”
  3. https://face2faceafrica.com/article/how-this-wrongfully-jailed-black-man-reversed-his-conviction-and-became-a-lawyer
  4. The
    Philadelphia Inquirer, 19 December, 1996 – “Jailed Man Freed Amid Probe of Prosecution”
  5. https://courtroom5.com/when-a-dragon-needs-slaying-call-isaac-wright-jr/

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Hugh Welland
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Hugh Welland

Good man Isaac. What an amazing story. An inspiration. Fuck those cops and prosecutors.

Kyle
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Kyle

It’s good when bad cops and judges get nailed. However, you don’t hesitate to call 911 when you’re a victim of crime. And if you are a victim, you’re damn happy when the perpetrators are put behind bars by “cops and prosecutors.” So, f*ck you.

Christayl
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Christayl

Fuck you!! They robbed him of many years of his life. When someone calls 911 they do so with the assumption that the “cops” will uphold the law siding with the OATH they took. So again I say FUCK YOU!!

Tony Jones
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Tony Jones

F**k you!! Even after you call 911, they be slow as f**k. And we have that right! We all pay taxes! It’s so many people that goes to jail for a crime they didn’t commit. If it was you or your family, you wouldn’t be saying that.

byte me
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byte me

I’m white and I won’t call 911 in an emergency because I can’t be sure which cop I’m gonna get. I can’t even fathom how a black person would even consider doing it.so I think your a little off base there kyle. I’ll be the first to say that there is nothing better than a good cop who is on the job for the right reasons. Unfortunately they not as prevelant as I would like them to be.. and nobody is even talking about the latest drug problem that affects all of society and that is POLICE OFFICERS USING STEROIDS…LEGALLY.

Fuck Kyle
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Fuck Kyle

I just want to say Fuck you Kyle! That’s all.

David
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David

Na, Fuxk you KYLE and the punk police .
Not everyone calls the punk ass cops!
BITCH 😉

mira
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mira

he said fuck THOSE cops n prosecutor’s… reading isn’t your strong suit.

Bri
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Bri

Kyle stfu

Swiszms
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Swiszms

That includes you! So, if someone framed you, and sent you to jail unjustly, are you going to sit down and take it? Your statement is not only ignorant, but it makes no sense. So, that leads one to ask what your real problem is?

Loneell Hyland
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Loneell Hyland

He probably related to the person who did the wrong doings

Kyles my bitch
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Kyles my bitch

Fuck you Kyle!

Kyle Slayer
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Kyle Slayer

Oh STFU Kyle and use your sociological imagination,
you bigot.

hdhdnsb
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hdhdnsb

stfu

Dianne Jones
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Dianne Jones

I am glad that he stood up for himself. It’s one thing that he broke the law to provide for his family but it goes in depth when the people of the law breaks the laws. I’m glad that he got justice for himself & helped other people as well. That goes to show that some people that get these positions in high places think they can’t be touched & can do whatever they want to to people. Mr. Wright proved you wrong. I never heard of this until the series came out . I love it & great job… Read more »

Marlene
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Marlene

Isaac Wright Jr. NEVER BROKE THE LAW! He was a well off business man, with his own music label and his wife was in the group “THE COVER GIRLS”. They owned a mansion and many cars in New Jersey. Being from the “hood” of course he is going to know criminals. That doesn’t make him one of them.

Hidden Figures
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Hidden Figures

From a cop Bro. Wright i salute you from behind enemy lines!

Princess
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Princess

Dianne… girlllll… he never did any of what he was accused of and therefore did not break the law… so I’m a little confused on what you’re implying by your statement. And If you are basing what you’re saying off of the television series, please know it is based on a true story but not 100% fact and his exact life story. So again he never “broke the law to provide for his family”…

Empress
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Empress

Diane, are you dumb? He never committed any of those crimes he was convicted for…. That’s why he went so hard against the prosecution and police department. Apparently they are the criminals weren’t upholding the law. Therefore they were exposed for such conduct.

BASIL AKERS
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BASIL AKERS

The legal system is not just corrupt in large states but perhaps even more corrupt and vindictive in small towns like Lexington, VA, a town in which my sister was placed under Guardian-Conservatorship by a distant relative of her husband’s. She had no signs of Dementia which was attested to by her physician.

Aligna
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Aligna

That’s just wrong on so many levels God be with your sister and you

Dierdrea Flowers
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Dierdrea Flowers

Loving the new show that’s based off this story

DeNiceCard
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DeNiceCard

Such irony throughout this story. I’m curious to find out whether or not Mr. Wright has copyrighted a book regarding all of this. It certainly would be an interesting read. Congratulations Mr. Isaac Wright Jr.for proving that it can be done.

Denice
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Denice

For Life on ABC is the show based on his life.

Flutter
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Flutter

Thanks, we’re aware.

Flutter
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Flutter

I would definitely love to read an autobiography if he would write one.

ELM
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ELM

Congrats Mr. Wright, thank you for pushing through and shining the light on corruptions of this world. That’s a start and it still continues sadly. We need more people like you.

MerMer
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MerMer

THANKING GOD FOR YOUR PERSEVERANCE!!!!FOR VENGEANCE IS THE LORD!!!!!
I was caught up in the system 30 years ago and still paying for it. Its hard to find a job that will pay you good money. I have convictions on my record that were fabricated and I can’t even get it off my record.
Plus I have a cousin who was charged with a crime that he didn’t commit, because he would not rat out who actually did it.

Galen
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Galen

I also have a criminal record for a crime I didn’t commit because I wouldn’t snitch on the person who actually did it.but then the so-called friend that I kept my mouth shut for turned around and tried to sue me.

Flutter
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Flutter

I feel for you and have a similar history. Can’t get a decent job for shit.

Winifred E Nelson
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Winifred E Nelson

Attorney Issac Wright i wished you were around when my son Charles when he he was found not guilty for 3 Charges and was found not guilty and then Judge Suarez told the jury to go back and find him guilty of unlawful restraint and him and judge Alexander sentenced him to 10 years.

Livia
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Livia

Oh shush 🤫. Charles needs some time alone to reflect on his actions

Rosemarie Marrone
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Rosemarie Marrone

If anyone knows how to get in touch with Mr. wright please let me know. My daughter got 20 to 40 years for something she didn’t do by crooked DA and judge who were all white and was told by the judge if she didn’t take the deal he would give her life. He refused to see evidence from the person who committed the crime. In there she got bit by a brown recluse spider. Broke her finger and had to be operated on and now the screw and rod is floating in her finger. She been stabbed and beaten… Read more »

Reva
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Reva

Try to tag or DM Kim Kardashian or even Wright through social media!

Beverly
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Beverly

Rosemarie Marrone he has an Instagram page. Try sending him a private message.

Tiff
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Tiff

Lol. Here we go with the drama queen….. Should I pull out the violins as well. We all know of you cant do the time don’t do the crime and choose your friends wisely. In this case your daughter is a bozo who hangs out with bozos like her. While she was out being bozo she got caught. Trust me the streets are better with her in a cage and not out here acting like a bozo 🤡

Nancy Turner
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Nancy Turner

Welcome home MR..WRIGHT

Ms. Nelson
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Ms. Nelson

My brother was charged 85 years almost 15 years ago, but I believed he have gotten too many years. Just say it a life time. A lawyer said, looking at his case in passed he saw 14 mistakes. He represented himself at that time which he shouldn’t have, but he try. But he needs a Appeal. I applauded Mr Wright for standing up for his rights!! If anyone could help him fight his case and look it over he can use all the help he can.

Lameika Sherman
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Lameika Sherman

We need him for our attorney here they railroaded my son to by withholding evidence in his case then the attorney told him plea guilty for something never happened but he was17 we ain’t no what to do but I know I didn’t want my baby to do 10 to life

Jackie
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Jackie

Great show dirty prosecutors and dirty cops need to go to prison

Joe
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Joe

I got charged for growing a controlled substance and growing with intent to sell which was reduced with a plea deal to growing a controlled substance. It cost me $60 thousand for a lawyer and $40 thousand for repairs to my house. I got 2 years probation and a criminal record. Good thing i have money and am white. Anyways I was 150 miles away getting a total knee replacement and recovery for 4 months while someone else turned my basement into a gro-op

Ty porter
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Ty porter

That was a great story and I hope that with those that see or read the story that it encourages them to learn their rights and to stand for something and not fall for anything

Born Hall
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Born Hall

Itz gr8 that he has broken the mold ova there in those two counties I’m familiar with the judge & prosecutor VERY COCKY & ABUSIVE WITH THE POWER THAT THEY POSSESSED!!

Born Hall
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Born Hall

Gr8 that these devils that were in power got JUSTICE IN EVERY FACET!!!!

Just Chill
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Just Chill

Y’all do know Mr. Wright is an Executive Producer for the show? Just chill and make sure to always do your part.. For those who have been victimized by the CJ system, it will be difficult to find great jobs, but you can do it! Peace, Love, and Blessings!

Norma Davis
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Norma Davis

Freedom fighter! AFENI SHAKUR WOULD BE PROUD, AS WELL OF MYSELF. MY POOR BLACK POLIO SURVIVING MOTHER AND HER YOUNG JEWISH LAWYER TOOK ON THE US SUPREME COURT AND WON. ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN ACROSS AMERICA RECEIVE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FROM THEIR FATHERS. MARRIED MEN OR NOT. 1968-1972
I’m that child. Also a freedom fighter

Conquer
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Conquer

Kyle you Bitch!! Fuck you!! Fuck the POPO.

Muthafuckers been killing and framing us for a long time.

Salute those who are honest policemen… buh, fuck those who are corrupt and killers.

The new show about Issac Wright Jr do slap though

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