Judge finds promising 2L’s drug dealing ‘perplexing’
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Feb 1, 2013, 07:12 am CDT
A former Georgetown law student was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to charges he sold methamphetamine through a social networking scheme.
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton of Washington, D.C., sentenced Marc Gersen, 31, on Thursday, the Washington Post reports. At the time of his arrest, Gersen was a 2L with a 3.48 grade-point average, though he was addicted to meth at the time.
At Georgetown, the story says, Gersen was “dazzling professors.” As he awaited trial in a Washington, D.C., jail, he read Dostoyevsky and taught inmates writing skills and helped them in the law library.
Prosecutors had claimed Gersen thought he could avoid arrest because of his intellectual abilities. He was accused of selling meth to people he met online and to social contacts.
Walton told Gersen that, as intelligent as he was, the law student must have known of the dangers of meth. “It’s just perplexing,” Walton said.