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46-year-old man who spent 25 years in prison fights to become successful, bags bachelor’s degree and earns acceptance to Law school

A 46-year-old man named Micheal Braham who spent 25 years in prison has defied the odds to become successful despite being in prison. He bagged a bachelor’s degree and was accepted by two law schools.

Micheal was taken into custody being accused of killing his childhood friend at the age of 21.He clarified to the publication that he did not mean for the victim to die, which would have rendered him guilty of manslaughter rather than murder.

But because of his incompetent defense counsel, he entered a guilty plea to murder in exchange for a 32-year sentence. Micheal began his pro se litigation in 1998 after discovering that his attorney had deceived him to persuade him to submit a guilty plea.

“I wish I could turn back time and bring Geoffrey back. But because I can’t, I have long committed myself to helping others avoid making poor choices like the ones which culminated in me causing another’s death,” he said.

 

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While in prison, Micheal showed an interest and passion for Law. He successfully prosecuted multiple cases against Department of Correction officers and helped other prisoners do the same which made him consider pursuing a legal career.

Micheal was able to obtain an associate’s degree and two bachelor’s degrees including Philosophy at Wesleyan-Middlesex Center for Prison Education. The Philosophy degree focused on the connection between critical racial theory and sociology.

“For most of the time that I was incarcerated, I strove to better myself in preparation for the period after my release. I did so in two ways, mainly: education (while there, I earned an associate’s and two bachelor’s degrees) and through pro se litigation,” he said.

 

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Micheal stated that after serving 24 and half years, he was introduced to lawyer Alex Taubes by a mutual friend.  Taubes represents prisoners seeking sentence reductions through petitions for commutation or motions for sentence modification.

Taubes was the one who assisted Micheal in getting his sentence reduced for free and also helped him to get released fast. Since his release, Micheal has been studying for the Law School Admission Test and collaborating with Taubes on a wide range of matters in his practice.

“Overall, we’ve helped 93 individuals (not including Michael) get over 1,000 years off their prison sentences in the few years (since late 2021) we’ve been doing this work,” Taubes said. He added that Micheal has a spot in his firm upon graduation from Law School.

Micheal said he stayed at Taubes’s firm because he represented him on his motion for sentence modification for free while very few others were only willing to do so if paid tens of thousands of dollars, gave him a paralegal job when virtually no one else would and he is his friend.

Micheal mentioned that he applied to ten law schools and has been accepted by two. He said that after graduation, he intends to practice law, possibly as a general practitioner

 

 

 

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