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Isaac Wright Jr. was wrongfully convicted on drug charges in New Jersey and sentenced to life in prison in 1991 under New Jersey’s drug kingpin laws. While incarcerated, he worked as a paralegal while in prison and helped to overturn the wrongful convictions of twenty of his fellow inmates, before finally proving his own innocence.
After being released from prison he graduated college at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton and eventually law school at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami. He graduated in 2007 and passed the bar in 2008. After a nine year investigation into his character the New Jersey Bar Association’s Committee approved his application.
This remarkable story of Isaac Wright, Jr., is the subject of a drama series on ABC-TV. It hails from The Last Ship co-creator/executive producer Hank Steinberg, Power executive producer Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, The Goldbergs executive producer Doug Robinson and Sony Pictures TV.
Written by Steinberg, the new TV drama series is based on Isaac’s story. He was wrongfully convicted as the kingpin behind one of the largest drug distribution networks in New Jersey. However, he now practices law in the same courtroom where he was sentenced to life behind bars. In prison, Wright studied the law and worked as a proxy-lawyer, writing briefs and motions to overturn the convictions of over 20 fellow inmates and ultimately to exonerate himself.
As a lawyer at the Law Firm of Hunt, Hamlin & Ridley, his focus is on defending the wrongly accused and going after corrupt institutions.
After passing the New Jersey Bar in 2008, Wright spent nine years being investigated by the New Jersey Bar’s Committee on Character before being admitted to the bar in September 2017. This is when Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson signed a deal to produce a TV series based on Isaac’s life.
Steinberg, Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television production company, and Wright will executive produce the series adaptation alongside Robinson and Alison Greenspan via Robinson’s Doug Robinson Productions. Sony TV, where the company is based, is the studio.