Jim Brass was born into a middle class family in Newark. When the riots hit in the mid - sixties, Brass was in college. Something about the injustice made him decide on a career in law enforcement. He approached his job with the zeal of a reformer, and at first he gained much notoriety for his tenacious investigative style. Unfortunately, tenacious investogators tend to be indiscriminate. When they see someone do something wrong, they go after the crime, even if the criminals are cops, and that's what happened to Brass. He became a Serpico-like figure in New Jersey. He cleaned up the department, but the effort cost him his marriage and what little relationship he had with his daughter. When the dust cleared, Brass headed for Second Chance City, landing at CSI. He could get his fix of the investogative process without having to expend any personal capital. His life gently slid into strip bars and J.
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