He pleaded guilty to manufacturing and selling crack cocaine and was facing a 20-year prison sentence, but the judge saw something in the 23-year-old.
Instead, the judge gave him three years probation, told him he had greatness within him, and encouraged him to do something with his life.
That was 16 years ago.
The other day, Edward Martell, now 43, was back in Judge Bruce Morrow’s Michigan courtroom being sworn in as a criminal defence lawyer after working for three years as a criminal law clerk.
Morrow told CNN, “I gave Ed an opportunity. Everybody deserves to be treated with a great sense of humanity and importance.”
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