Over two decades ago, Bruce Reilly, 38, was convicted of murder after he stabbed and Emerson College professor, Charles Russell, to death.
Reilly plead no contest to second-degree murder and robbery and spent 12 years in jail.
Reilly now is pursuing a law degree at Tulane University, and has received a Dean’s Merit Scholarship and an NAACP Legal Defense Fund scholarship.
“By the time I apply to a state or federal bar, my last criminal activity will be as a teenager, and over two decades passed. I will be presenting a model case for rehabilitation, an impressive resume, and a substantial list of esteemed supporters,” he wrote in his letter to “Above the Law.” “I have found that a majority of our society believes in forgiveness and second chances, and all I can do is keep doing what I’m doing,” Reilly said.