After his release from prison, Wright obtained his undergraduate degree in 2002, entering law school in 2004 and graduating from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2007. Passing the New Jersey Bar in 2008, he spent the next nine years being investigated by the New Jersey Bar’s Committee on Character before being granted admission to the bar by the New Jersey Supreme Court on September 27, 2017.
On September 27, 2017, Wright became the only person in U.S. history to be condemned to life in prison, secure his own release and exoneration and then be granted a license to practice law by the very court that condemned him.
Wright got his 1991 conviction overturned by exposing the gross corruption and misconduct within the court that convicted him, the prosecutors office and the police force. This allowed Wright to successfully get rid of his life sentence but he remained in prison on numerous other convictions with sentences totaling over 70 years. Wright’s ultimate release came as a result of his cross-examination of veteran police detective, James Dugan. Dugan’s confession opened revelations of wide and systematic misconduct and cover-up in Wright’s case. Then Somerset County Prosecutor, Nicholas L. Bissell, Jr., who tried Wright’s case personally was fingered as being the orchestrator of that misconduct, directing police officers to falsify their police reports while he personally dictated the false testimony of witnesses against Wright and made secret deals with defense attorneys to have their clients lie to the jury that Wright was their drug boss and that they had plead guilty and were going to prison, when in-fact, they were never going to spend a day in jail.
Dugan pled guilty to official misconduct in order to escape prison. Wright’s trial judge, Michael Imbriani, was removed from the bench and sent to prison on theft charges and Bissell, after learning of Dugan’s confession on TV news, took flight with federal authorities in pursuit. As police were kicking in the door of his Las Vegas hotel room, Bissell put a revolver to his head and pulled the trigger, committing suicide. Wright’s remaining convictions were vacated and he was immediately released from prison. The charges were dropped and the case against him dismissed.
Wright now works at the Law Firm Hunt, Hamlin & Ridley located in Newark, New Jersey, and is to have said “I went to law school for one reason and one reason only, To slay giants for a price. And if the giant is big enough and the cause is important enough, I’ll do it for free, especially when it involves helping those who cannot help themselves.”
ultimate power move: law your way out of jail and convict the people who wrongly convicted you
Absolutely love it. Good job sir.