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Law Student Sues St. John’s U. for Rescinding Readmission Over Drug Charges

David Powers, an accountant who took time out of law school at St. John’s University, has sued the Roman Catholic university in New York after it refused to readmit him, saying that he had not been honest about a criminal conviction, since expunged, in his past. According to the New York Post and Daily News, Mr. Powers was convicted of drug possession in 1999 after attempting to sell LSD and ecstasy to an undercover cop. He served a year of in-patient rehab and three years’ probation, and later worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers after graduating at the top of his undergraduate class. Three semesters into his law degree, Mr. Powers was granted a leave of absence to manage a $2-billion investment fund in Hong Kong. He expected to finish his degree this spring, but after contacting New York State authorities to ask if his decade-old conviction would prevent him from becoming a lawyer, he sought a letter of support from St. John’s. It refused and then dismissed him from the university, saying he had not disclosed the conviction in his application. St. John’s declined to comment.

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