Tuesday, September 27, 2011

First Tier Toilet Tulane University Law School Gladly Accepts Convicted Murderers

Tulane Accepts Convicted Murderer Into its Class of 2014

From September 14, 2011:


“Most of you have probably never heard of Charles Russell, but he was a professor at the Community College of Rhode Island who was murdered in 1992. His attacker served 12 years in prison and admits his guilt.

The man who killed Professor Russell is named Bruce Reilly. After serving his time, Reilly turned his life around and became an advocate for criminal rights and prisoners’ rights. He worked for a group called DARE – Direct Action for Rights and Equality. He is respected by colleagues. He has testified before the Rhode Island statehouse with the credibility of an expert. He wrote an award-winning screenplay. And after a lot of work, he was accepted into the Tulane Law School for the class of 2014.”
[Emphasis mine]


“They gave him an institutional scholarship, too. Apparently U.S. News doesn't factor in felonies.”

J-Dog received one angry, incoherent comment, on that September 16th entry. Based on the tone of his correspondence with Elie Mystal, I wouldn’t be surprised if that remark was posted by Reilly. Recall this story from January 13, 2011:

Ohio Bar Applicant Denied Entry Due to Crippling Student Debt


“Ohio State University law grad Hassan Jonathan Griffin of Columbus, Ohio, has a part-time job in the public defender’s office and no feasible plan to repay his law-school and credit-card debt.

That combination means Griffin has so far failed to satisfy the character and fitness qualification to get a law license, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled. The opinion (PDF) upholds a recommendation by the Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness.

Griffin had $170,000 in student-loan debt and $16,500 in credit-card debt. He earns $12 an hour at his part-time job with the PD.”
[Emphasis mine]

If a debt-strapped law grad cannot sit for the bar exam, due to “character and fitness” issues related to his monstrous student debt, how in the hell is a convicted murderer going to qualify?!?! I recognize that this is a different state. However, it is irresponsible for an ABA-accredited law school to accept such a student. I am certain that the commode cautioned Reilly, prior to his enrollment, that he “may not be able to sit for a bar exam.” (I suspect that, Reilly did not warn his victim, Charles Russell.)

American Bar Association’s Standards on Admissions and Student Services


“Standard 501. ADMISSIONS

(b) a law school shall not admit applicants who do not appear capable of satisfactorily completing its educational program and being admitted to the bar.”
[Emphasis in original]

The again, the ABA does not even take its own “Standards” seriously. Do the bitches and hags even look at these guidelines?!?! Let’s head to the character and fitness standard, anyway.


(a ) A law school shall advise each applicant that there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar and encourage the applicant, prior to matriculation, to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which the applicant intends to practice. The law school should, as soon after matriculation as is practicable, take additional steps to apprise entering students of the importance of determining the applicable character, fitness and other qualifications.”
[Emphasis in original]

For $ome rea$on, the ABA does not require the commodes to take additional steps PRIOR to matriculation. Hell, look at the pathetic language employed, i.e. “The law school should, as soon after matriculation…”


By the way, if you want to cry and wail, i.e. “You’re being unfair to this guy, who turned his life around,” then leave this site. Look at this JDU thread. The general consensus is that the school is being irresponsible to Reilly, taxpayers, and the public. Do you think that his institutional scholarship – and NAACP funds – will cover all of his tuition and living expenses?!?!


Keep in mind that full-time tuition and fees, at Tulane Law – for the 2011-2012 school year – amount to $43,684!!


On the positive side, Reilly has a hell of a lot more experience drafting pleadings than the rest of the class combined.

Conclusion: Honestly, I don’t care whether Bruce Reilly is rehabilitated or not. It is clear that he wants to use his degree to help a class of people, who have violated the rights/ended the lives of others. If he is unable to sit for a bar exam, I suppose that Tulane University Law Sewer will tell him, “It’s your fault for not performing your due diligence, and for relying on our word.” In this particular situation, the greedy pigs may use a friendlier tone.


  1. I remember reading about Bruce Reilly two-three years ago. Reilly was profiled on a paralegal site (I believe it was "Practical Paralegalism") in which the blogger commended how Reilly turned his life around and how he assisted others while he was in prison. If I recall correctly, Reilly was working as a paralegal in a prominent law firm. While I get people may be a victim of socio economics in which they may be convicted of theft, larceny, etc., it’s another thing to give someone a big break who murdered someone. Most ironic: the NAAP's defense fund also gave Reilly a scholarship.

    However my question is this: did Reilly check with the State Bar (and with other State Bars) that his prison record and crime he was convicted for would prevent him from taking the bar before he enrolled in Tulane? I'm also curious how active Tulane will be in assisting Reilly in sitting for the when that time comes?

  2. The ONLY prerequisite for law school (and most higher ed) is the ability to pay for it, either through personal savings or student loans.

    Want a better profession and long-lasting change?

    Tell your Senators and Representatives that enough is enough. Ask them to fire the ABA as the regulator of law schools. No more student loans without a more competent watchdog.

  3. This guy oughtta walk away. No license. Then no chance to represent other inmates.

    In the words of Kenny Rogers. Sumbtich tried cuttin' into mah chickin market, wit’ his Kenny Rogers Roasters. Which couldn’t hold a candle to The Colonel’s ass. Fuck you. Ennyway, you try to steal from me, I'll steal from you.

    You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em
    Know when to fold ‘em
    Know when to walk away
    Know when to run

    You never counts yer chickins
    When you’re waitin’ at the table
    There’ll be time enough for countin’
    When the 12 piece meal done come.

    Yeah yeah yeah-hah
    Yeah yeah yeah-hah
    Doot doot doot doot yeah

    C’mon sing along wit’ The Colonel. Watch me do the fuckin’ worm followed by some hip hop shit.

    You's gots'ta know when to hold ‘em
    Know when to ‘fold ‘em
    Know when to walk away
    Know when to run

    You’s never counts yer chickins
    When you’re waitin’ at the table
    There’ll be time enough for countin’
    When the meal done come.

  4. I came across this editorial regarding Reilly's scholarship from the NAACP this morning:


    Although I dislike the White vs. Black argument in that the blogger alludes that Reilly received scholarship to Tulane because he is Caucasian, this blogger does make a strong point that people who are Black and Latino who serve time for lesser crimes, are not provided with an opportunity to move on in the way Reilly seems to have in being accepted into Tulane as a law student.

    While I get why Tulane wouldn't turn down tuition, I really do have to wonder why the NAACP (out of all special interest groups) would give Reilly such a sizeable scholarship?

  5. Wow. Just so much going on here- an ethics course all rolled into one situation. One of the many ironies for those of us in the forgive student loan movement is that Reilly, in interviews, states that he has found "forgiveness and a belief in second chances in this country" has gotten him this far.

  6. ^Tulane admitting a convicted felon as a law student is one thing, however as Nando also pointed out, when you have an upstanding person such as Hassan Griffin who is out right denied entry because of his debt (caused by student loans no less), you really have to start to wonder if the ABA, as well as local and state bar associations, really have an interest in upholding integrity in this profession. It just seems that money has become so much more important than upholding ethics and integrity.

    (God how I hate how warped this profession and higher education has become.)

  7. The ABA is so corrupt, they violate their own written standards. This Reilly dude has no shot of getting past C & F. That guy in Ohio was working part-time in a PD's office. At least he is helping low income clients.

    This Tulane student got a short sentence, for killing a man. The vic was a professor. Maybe his law professors will be careful in grading his exams.

  8. Each year, I read C&F horror stories online. Each year, they get more numerous and worse.

    First, there is no uniformity state to state. Some states like NY are an easy interview. But, some states like Fla it's easier to be canonized as a Saint. Second, there is no tangible guidelines. Remember your US Code class? You will wish for such clear guidelines.

    It disgusts me that I belong to a profession that is so hypocritical. Every year a people with a former substance abuse problems, psychiatric conditions, debt, or minor criminal conviction are tortured. They have to relive problems sometimes ten years old in hearings. I have seen in hearings people break down and cry.

    It's sick. A person with a DUI 5 years ago will pass in one state and be rejected by another. This guy did his time. Yes, his crime was serious. But, if he called the state Bar directly and asked if his past crime was a preclusion to Bar to admissions; he would not get a straight answer. C&F is a sick hazing joke, no more no less.


  9. colonel sanders: neither you nor Kenny Rogers can hold a candle to Chick-fil-a. They finally opened one here in Chicago. No more Kentucky fried crap for me!

  10. A few posters have pointed out that C&F metrics vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Take for example, New Jersey:


    New Jersey has been denying Robert Triffin's application for bar admission for about over 12 years. In fact, I think the guy gave up. Don't cry for Mr. Triffin though. He is the most litigious person in the State of New Jersey, prosecuting pro se holder in due course bounced checks against check drawers. You see, he buys HDC rights from people who have bounced checks then he goes after the check bouncer. Apparently this guy makes a financial killing doing this. Anyway, his C&F offense was check kitting. Now I don't know about you but murder is probably the worst crime you can commit. Once you allow convicted murderers to gain admission to practice law, then folks such as Mr. Triffin should also be allowed to practice. Why not just eliminate the C&F committees? I mean if murderers can be rehabilitated, why not give a scholarship to a convicted pedophile who is reformed to attend New York law school?

    Tulane admitted this guy without knowing the whole narrative behind his crime (e.g., watching child pornography, smoking weed, engaging in homosexual behavior with the victim he stabbed 27 or 28 times, committing theft by using murder victims' credit cards to purchase goods, etc.). Tulane was thinking this Reilly guy would be good PR. You know, "guy commits crime, 'pays' debt to society, goes to law school, devotes life to get felons the right to vote, etc.". Boy did Tulane drop the ball with this guy. I bet they didn't read the police report and just reviewed the record of conviction (which often merges the other offenses into the murder conviction without mention of them).

    This story shows how shameless law schools are. They thought they could use Reilly to boost their liberal cool image. Instead, Reilly exposed Tulane for the TTT it is. Tulane wasn't that impressive to begin with and should have made this blog a while ago. Reilly's story accelerated Tulane onto this site. Kudos Nando.

    P.S. You could have found a better prison toilet to use as a picture. The one features is to immaculate for prison standards.

  11. colonel, you so crazy.

  12. This is really a good thing guys. Once Bruce realizes that he will spend three years of his life in some toilet school, learn no useful lawyering skills, get saddled with a 100k+ in nondischargeable debt, do irreversible damage to his brain by reading Palsgraf 20 times in a row, and be denied admission to the bar, HE'S GONNA BE PISSED!

    Shit, now that I've read that back to myself, it sounds like cruel and unusual punishment. I can't even wish that kind of treatment on a larcenous, child-porn-watching, gay murderer. Oh well, the universe has a quirky way of delivering a person's just deserts.

    But still, if Bruce stabbed the shit out of some poor bastard for giving him a blow job, imagine what he's going to do to the Dean of TTTulane!!!

    Seriously guys, we need to get this man admitted into EVERY law school. We shouldn't be afraid of him, we need to unleash him. We need to let him do what he was born to do. I have a feelin' Bruce is about to perform his masterwork on the Dean of TTTulane.

  13. I would like to be a fly on the wall when he visits with the professors during office hours, alone. Can you imagine him getting angry about a bad grade or an interview? Well, if something does happen it would be one heck of lawsuit against the school.

    I am more disturbed that someone would find themselves being not allowed to take the Bar or get admitted for having student loans they cannot repay. That is stupid. What is the logic behind that? He can't earn enough money, so let's kick a person while they are down, make it that much harder to possibly, and I mean "possibly" make a living becoming an attorney.

    That is purgatory on earth. He can put his life on hold for another few years, apply again, for the opportunity to maybe make a living as an attorney. Thanks for nothing! Law schools just breed misery.

  14. "On the positive side, Reilly has a hell of a lot more experience drafting pleadings than the rest of the class combined."

    In fact, Reilly probably has more experience drafting pleadings than most of the law faculty at Tulane. So...instead of accepting him as a student, maybe Tulane should hire him as a law professor. Think of the advantages:

    * Students would gain more from Reilly's humble jailhouse lawyering experience than they would from some arrogant academic hotshot who has no real experience as a practitioner, but a CV full of articles about critical race and gender theory or other rarefied philosophical matters.

    * I am sure that Reilly would be thrilled to accept the job at a much lower salary than is standard for law professors, so Tulane could pass the savings on to students.

    * Reilly would dodge the character and fitness issue because, as a law professor, he wouldn't need admission to the bar.

    * Any moral objection could be countered with the defense that, even as a convicted murderer, Reilly has destroyed only a tiny fraction of the number of lives that have been destroyed by this toilet's administration and faculty.

  15. All of this reminds of the girl that took the Bar 13 times before she passed, like it was some kind of accomplishment. I cannot imagine being in that hellish mode of preparing for a Bar exam 13 times or putting my family through that. I passed two states' bar exams, there was nothing fun or enjoyable about the whole experience.

    As a sub-issue, I think if you pass one Bar you should be able to practice in all 50 states. The crap they make you go through practicing across state lines, to do it legally, without worrying about UPL violations is stupid and unnecessary. It may have worked well when there were 5 attorneys in a town and we drove carriages.

    I live in an area where there are 4 jurisdictions within a half-hour of each other. Each require separate admittance, that takes 6-8 months minimum by motion or much longer if by taking a Bar exam. I will never take another Bar exam in my life. Law is about torture, misery, and being non-user friendly.

  16. Meanwhile, back in Philadelphia: http://articles.philly.com/2011-07-04/news/29736251_1_city-prosecutors-minor-cases-point-breeze

    So, seven-time arrestee and admitted ex-drug dealer Kevin Harden deserves, and receives, redemption in the form of an esteemed position within the practice of law. Catalyzed by the recommendation of Temple Law dean JoAnne Epps, no less. Okay, fine. Then what do the legions of other attorneys who worked hard and played by the rules all their lives deserve after having been whimsically laid off, consigned to grow cobwebs in their basements with their careers in ruin?

    So THIS is is the kind of "character" it takes to succeed these days???

  17. @4:48 pm,

    Thank you for your funny remarks. Keep in mind that drafting dozens of appeals and motions will not necessarily help one in law school. How will Reilly respond to his legal writing and research instructor's insistence on following Bluebook citations?


    Check out Bruce Reilly's work on unprison.com. Apparently, his "legal studies" at Tulane Univer$ity Law $chool are not keeping him that busy. As you can see, he has posted six lengthy blog posts - on that site - since September 2, 2011.


    Take a look at this entry, on Troy Davis, the convicted murderer who was recently executed by the state of Georgia. Reilly entitled the piece, "Georgia is prepared to snuff out the life of an innocent man." How can he be so certain that Davis was innocent?!


    "Primary blogger for Unprison is Bruce Reilly, a member of Direct Action for Rights & Equality since the inception of its Behind the Walls prison committee in 1999. Bruce was a jailhouse lawyer for 12 years inside, became an activist once paroled in 2005, and is a steering committee member of the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Movement. His poetry, screenwriting, and PIC commentary has appeared in numerous places over the years, and now he attends Tulane Law School. His testimonies on legislation at the RI Statehouse should never be missed, as they are both colorful and informative."

    Does this man intend to make a living, as an attorney? As far as I can tell, being a "jailhouse lawyer" is the closest that Reilly will EVER get to practicing law.

  18. In the ATL article, Reilly said he would use his degree even if he can't get licensed. We'll see his tune change when he discovers that his hard work does not lead to a job.

  19. He "flipped out" after the professor performed oral sex on him... this is known as the "gay panic" defense. It is a ploy that has been roundly discredited over the last twenty years and probably has a lesser chance of success today. But apparently Mr. Reilly is sticking to his story and why not? He got off lightly at 12 years served. More likely, after accepting a ride and the professor's "hospitality" for more than a week, Brucie decided it was time to get paid, the prof balked, and so this "reformed" "teenage" offender (actually 20 at the time of his arrest) beat and stabbed the professor to death - in short, slaughtered him.

    He's just another fraudulent crusader for "reform" a la Jack Henry Abbott and Wesley Cook (aka "Mumia Abu-Jamal") and probably every bit as dangerous. Please approach this snake with caution, Tulane students!

  20. Oh, and I forgot to add: "after Reilly beat and stabbed Mr Russell to death. He then stole his car, wallet and credit cards."

    Yup, sounds like a case of self-defense to me!

    Wonder what his prison nickname was...

  21. Lucky he was tried and sentenced in Rhode Island. Imagine the outcome if he'd been tried in the south on the same set of facts. He might've ended up on death row.

  22. He's probably killed several of his classmates already. Nobody's caught on yet - their checks have been cashed.

    When the school finally realizes he has deprived it of mountains of tuition gravy, I'm sure it will take decisive action. Probably make him take out some non-dischargeable student loans. It will partly compensate for the loss of those profit units - er, students.

  23. Haha jdiddy.

    The school will catch on next semester when the next round of federally guaranteed tuition payments are due. However, I think Bruce did a huge favor to the students he murdered. Now that they're dead, their loans are dischargeable. If TTTulane students want a chance to have their loans discharged, they should give Bruce a blow job ASAP.

    When the school eventually finds out about Bruce's misconduct, I'm sure it will take appropriate action by sentencing him to a lifetime of hard labor and chain-gang doc reviewing.

  24. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+2

    As you can see, US "News" & World Report lists Tulane University Law Sewer as the 47th greatest, most prestigious law school in the land. However, this is not the only "top tier" law program in the country to accept convicted felons. Take a look at second-ranked Harvard Law and drug dealer Andres Idarraga.

    From September 12, 2008:


    “Prison took almost everything away from Andres Idarraga, but in its place left him something that changed his life: time. Time to despair and then time to hope; time to think and time to read; time to show that a punk kid drug dealer could go from a 6x9-foot cell in a Rhode Island prison to Brown University and Yale Law School.”


    Idarraga seems to be doing well. On his LinkedIn profile, he lists the following experience: Summer Legal Intern at U.S. House Judiciary Committee; Summer Legal Intern at Florida Legal Services; and Summer Legal Intern at Amercian (sic) Civil Liberties Union. Apparently, he is now a law clerk in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.


    Here is Idaragga's March 16, 2010 testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, regarding the Democracy Restoration Act of 2009.

    "In November 2006, my fellow Rhode Islanders were the first in the nation to go to the polls and approve a ballot referendum to restore voting rights to people as soon as they are released from prison. Now, when a person leaves prison, the Department of Corrections hands him or her a voter registration form. This change in the law allowed me and 15,000 other citizens with felony convictions to vote. We are now finally fully vested members of our communities, and our civic engagement will leave lasting imprints. I think my experience voting for the first time in 2008 exemplifies this."

    See how well Rhode Island treats its former inmates? Then again, here is George Carlin's take on voting and elections:


  25. I worked in the criminal justice system for several years after graduating LS in the early 90s. I interacted with many cons, ex-cons, and soon-to-be cons, and one thing they all had in common was that they were reflexive, pathological and often quite sophisticated LIARS. Every single one.

  26. He was able to pull a fast one on the admissions office. Getting a law license. That's a different matter.

  27. Want to work in the public sector after graduation? Think again.

    According to The Economist:

    Courts are in similar straits all over the country. A report by the American Bar Association found that in the last three years, most states have cut court funding by around 10-15%. In the past two years, 26 have stopped filling judicial vacancies, 34 have stopped replacing clerks, 31 have frozen or cut the salaries of judges or staff, 16 have furloughed clerical staff, and nine have furloughed judges. Courts in 14 states have reduced their opening hours, and are closed on some work days. Even the buildings are not immune; around the country 3,200 courthouses are “physically eroded” and “functionally deficient”, says the National Centre for State Courts.



  28. I hope this guy gets licensed. It'll show what a truly shit-ass profession this has devolved into.

  29. OT: But here is a revealing post from law prof Brian Leiter, that pompous philosopher-king, Nietszche specialist, and scourge of the scambloggers.


    In the post, Leiter shills for law professorships for his little fledgling philosophy scholars. Leiter says:

    "In addition, I am also recommending an outstanding Law & Philosophy candidate, Michael Sevel, currently a VAP at Miami (and previously a post-doc on the law faculty at the EUI in Florence), and who is on the market for the first time this year. He also teaches and writes in admiralty/maritime law, and teaches torts. (I have a detailed letter I can provide on Dr. Sevel.)"

    Then you look up Sevel's CV and learn that he has never practiced law a day in his life. Sevel got a JD in 2008, and a Ph.d in philosophy in 2010. He was a summer "law clerk" for one summer (2007) as a second year law student in a firm that handled a maritime case, and that is it. The guy is a philosophy scholar who lusts after a cushy gig at as a law professor.


    How dare Leiter try to foist this "philosopher" on law students, who will borrow tens of thousands of dollars in the expectation and trust that they will receive some grounding in the practice of law?

    In addition to naming and shaming law schools, scambloggers should go after individual law professors who have never practiced law, like this Sevel character, or who have at most one year as a judicial clerk or two years as an associate at some megafirm.

    Law school be reconstituted to get rid of these parasites. There should be a crash course at the beginning to teach core doctrine, after which students should go through a structured series of clinics and externships taught by adjunct practitioners, who actually represent clients in various practice areas.

    Then a law degree would be respected, even outside the legal world, because it would signify that its holder had actual skills and not simply elite expectations.

  30. ^

    Yes, yes and yes.

    Fuck this faggot ugly piece of shit Leiter. So ugly, so worthless, so lazy, so entitled.


  31. Here is Brian Leiter's boy Sevel in action, giving an unbelievably boring lecture on "authority" as a philosophical concept.


    Note the smug look on Sevel's face as he yaps about a hypothetical in which he tells somebody to eat a carrot in a lunch line (I kid you not, see 3:15-5:30; 9:10-9:40) and what that says about the concept of authority. He also, annoyingly, finishes many of his sentences by grinning and saying: "Okay?" or "Does that make sense?"

    What doesn't make sense is that this scoundrel might draw, over the course of a lucrative law professor career, millions of dollars--most of which will be borrowed from financially-strapped kids in the trust and expectation that they will learn how to be lawyers. Instead, thanks to Leiter, they will get this doltish pig smirking at them and spouting nonsense.

  32. Nando:

    You gotta do Illinois! Misrepresenting their LSAT and GPA data for four years has to mean something to TTR.

  33. Watched that You Tube clip posted above. The idea that any of that drivel has any place in a school culture designed to develop professional lawyers is patently ludicrous. Getting hired as a philosophy professor is extremely difficult. I guess the word has gotten out to philosophy grad students that they need to go to law school in addition to graduate school and then they can teach "law and philosophy" for three times the salary.

  34. Can you do Illinois next? The lying liars lied about the GPA and LSAT scores. Thanks.

  35. I seem to be of two minds about Charles Russell.

    On one hand I believe that he should not be going to law school because admitting convicted murderers sullys the profession. People are dependent on their lawyers having high character in evidence, and I don't really see that evidence here.

    On the other hand I believe that he should not be going to law school because he will never pass the Character and Fitness interview and will not be becoming a lawyer. His career upon graduation will be like a burnt offering to the gods of law school and the gods of a certain fraction of the academic left at that point.

    I don't know what he can do with his life. I would have advised a philosophy Ph.D, except there are no jobs there either. Maybe he can drive a truck, I've heard there was money to be made driving a truck.

  36. I just want to say to the Anon. who brought up Mumia Abu-Jamal two days ago: if the case was so fucking airtight, why has Abu-Jamal survived 30 years on death row?

    Truth be told, the people who are in a hurry to execute MAJ (the Fraternal Order of Police, the Pennsylvania GOP, Daniel Faulker's widow*) want to do two things: permanently shut up a witness to how shitty the US prison system is, and to look good on TV when they throw the switch. Daniel Faulker is the new John Birch; a symbol to be manipulated by political hacks for gain (either votes or donations to policeman's associations.) I've lived in Philiadephia; whenever the topic came up it was amazing to see white liberals becoming little Glenn Becks. Personally, I think that because Mumia Abu-Jamal was an "ex" Black Panther and had contact with the MOVE group, that has been the real motivation by the douchenozzles to have Abu-Jamal killed; the Right hates radicals, and they can't stand a radical black man.


    * She was married to Faukner for two years; after he was killed, she moved to California, then only re-entered the case when the media got interested in Abu-Jamal. I think the fact that she wrote a book with Michael Smerconish about the case speaks volumes.

  37. @ 2:55,

    Charles Russell was a professor at a Rhode Island college. He was murdered by current Tulane Law student Bruce Reilly. This convicted murderer served twelve years in prison, for this act. Here are a few details of the crime:


    “The nature of the crime hasn't helped. Reilly, then 20, was convicted a year after beating and stabbing to death Emerson College professor Charles Russell in September 1992.

    A source told the Boston Globe in 1993 that Reilly "flipped out" after being invited into the 58-year-old professor's home to smoke pot and engage in oral sex.

    The fact that he's received two scholarships - including a Dean's Merit Scholarship and one from the NAACP - to attend also hasn't helped endear him to his fellow students, many of whom are struggling under the weight of loans.

    Reilly, however, doesn't seem to shy away from his past.

    "In some ways I deserve this. I brought this on myself," Reilly told The Times-Picayune. "For the last 19 years, I've had to come to grips every day with the terrible thing I've done. I took a man's life. How can I possibly brush that off, or make up for it?"


    “Police, according to The Times-Picayune writer Bruce Nolan, said Reilly was hitchhiking when Charles Russell, a 58-year-old Rhode Island English professor, picked him up and took him to his home. They fought. Reilly beat and stabbed Russell to death and stole his car, wallet and credit cards.

    Reilly took up jailhouse lawyering and kept up his legal pursuit after his release. In Providence, he became active in a community organizing group that sought to end minimum sentences on certain drug convictions and pressed for investigations into prison abuse.”

    Who knows how a bar association will rule on Reilly’s application. Hell, they might overlook his brutal act of murder - but frown over his crimes of dishonesty, i.e. his theft of his murder victim’s car, billfold and credit cards.

  38. As a convicted felon myself I ask why I keep reading this person was "afforded" or "provided". The point is much like what I have gone through, since serving my sentence over 15 years ago, he was not just given a free ride for nothing. First of all, I chose to seek education towards this field. As such, I have lived 15 years where I don't even so much as get a parking ticket because I have a big enough hurdle with the prior felony. Second, and most importantly, the same sentiment barring felons from changing their life around I see in this post, would be more aptly suited at the prosecutors who snort the evidence up their nose. Furthermore, I personally know someone who was in a very serious car accident which left her permanently disabled from the other person driving in to her; the "Lawyer" she hired lied to her for 5+ years about the status of her case (in actuality he never even filed anything, thus time barring her claim). So we going to go the route of barring convicted persons because of baseless presumptions can we get rid of the scummy lawyers?


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