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Judge Who Gave Drug Dealer A Second Chance Swore Him In As A Lawyer In The Same Courtroom 16 Years Later

Judge Who Gave Drug Dealer A Second Chance Swore Him In As A Lawyer In The Same Courtroom 16 Years Later

"I see him as my son. It was like walking your daughter down the aisle. It was one of the moments where I just felt so happy," the judge said

Edward Martell, an ex-cocaine dealer who had pleaded guilty to making and selling crack 16 years ago, has become an inspiration to many who have lost their way. Martell is now a criminal defense lawyer and he was sworn in by none other than Judge Bruce Morrow who had decided to give him a second chance at the time. Martell could have been given the usual 20 year sentence but seeing that he wants to repent, Judge Morrow decreased his punishment. This was the second chance Martell desperately needed at the time.



 

Judge Morrow had showed a great degree of leniency by handing Martell just a three year probation and challenging the man to make something out of his life. “I told Ed, my door is always open for you, here’s my number, I want to know what you’re doing, I want you to keep me in your life. I gave Ed an opportunity. Everybody deserves to be treated with a great sense of humanity and importance," Morrow explained, according to Newsner



 

“Any other judge would have flushed me,” Martell told The Washington Post. He explained that he saw himself as a lost cause and didn't expect anyone to understand what he had been through. Morrow on the other hand saw him as exactly who is, a 'smart young man who had rebounded from setbacks'. “I can imagine Ed — being a Brown man, coming from an economically depressed environment, having been chased by police and put in handcuffs — never thinking this is where the love could come from,” Morrow said of Martell, who is Latino. 



 

16 years later, Judge Morrow himself swore Martell into the State Bar of Manhattan in the very same courtroom. Edward Martell, 43, is one of Michigan’s newest criminal defense lawyers, and he was gifted a monogrammed briefcase in the process. "I see him as my son. It was like walking your daughter down the aisle. It was one of the moments where I just felt so happy. My joy was for him," Judge Morrow added. Martell sees his story as a proof of what love and kindness can do. “Love changes people. hat’s the most important lesson we all should learn from this story," he said, according to Newsner. 

References: 
https://en.newsner.com/family/judge-swears-in-new-lawyer-who-was-a-drug-dealer-in-his-courtroom-16-years-ago/