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Book Reviews: Law Man My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, And Finding Redemption

By John Wesley Hall

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Law Man My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, And Finding Redemption

By Shon Hopwood with Dennis Burke
Crown Publishers (2012)

“Men define themselves through their stories.”1 

This is the story, the prison and post-prison memoir, of Shon Hopwood, now a 37-year-old law student at the University of Washington.

But, Mr. Hopwood is no ordinary older law student; he will forever remember being federal inmate 15632-047 at Pekin FCI. An inmate who found an affinity for the law and his first redemption as an inmate law clerk, who remarkably wrote the cert petition that was granted in 2003 in Fellers v. United States2 fairly soon into his time at Pekin. Not just one, but two cert grants as a jailhouse lawyer.3 Great for a lawyer; unheard of for a jailhouse lawyer.

That would stimulate anybody’s hopes, wouldn’t it?

I even fantasized that maybe, when I got out, if I ever did, I could work in a library somewhere or even become a paralegal in some clinic that would be desperate enough

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