Marc Gersen, a scholarship winner, expert debater and second-year law student at Georgetown was known for impressing his professors in the classroom and helping local Washington D.C. jail inmates outside of it. However, the 31-year-old was also hiding a dark secret.
He was not only selling large amounts of methamphetamine via a complex social-networking scheme, he was also using the drug himself.
Gersen was sentenced in federal court last week to four years in prison after pleading guilty to selling wholesale quantities of methamphetamine. For an intelligent young man who may have one day become a public defender himself, the punishment for the crime will not just be his time behind bars, but also be having to live with the knowledge that he may have squandered a lifetime full of promise.
According to The Washington Post, at the time of his arrest, Gersen was a Georgetown second-year law student with a 3.48 grade-point average and an apartment in Dupont Circle in downtown D.C.
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While awaiting his sentence in jail, Gersen has decided to put his time to good use. He currently tutors students seeking their general education diplomas, lectures fellow inmates on composition and punctuation in his popular writing class and offers legal guidance in the jail’s law library.
At his sentencing, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton demanded to know how someone with so much opportunity could throw it all away. “Somebody as intelligent as you are had to have known,” Walton said of the dangers of the highly addictive drug. “It’s just perplexing.”
Gersen engaged the judge in a philosophical discussion on the topic and ultimately came to the conclusion that, although the future is uncertain, he has every intention of making the most of it upon his release.
“I can’t tell you that temptations won’t come,” Gersen said. “But when they do, I will do what I need to do to make sure I stay on the right path.”
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Source: (The Washington Post)