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Bank Robber-Turned-Law Prof Hopwood Faces Violence Charges

Shon Hopwood, a convicted bank robber who turned his life around and reached the upper echelons of the legal profession, is again facing potential jail time after being charged with domestic violence in Washington, D.C., this month. Hopwood, a Georgetown law professor, has been charged with two counts of assault of his wife, Anne Marie Hopwood, after a police visit to his D.C. home, reports the National Law Jourrnal. Hopwood’s journey from jailhouse lawyer to a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar got national media attention and turned the former federal prisoner into a poster child for second chances. At Georgetown Law, he taught President Trump's daughter Tiffany and was personally thanked by Trump at the White House for his work on the First Step Act.

That feel-good story has turned sour as Hopwood stands accused of beating his wife on numerous occasions and inflicting injuries that required treatment at a hospital. Anne Marie is also a lawyer and listed as a partner at Hopwood & Singhal PLLC alongside Shon Hopwood and Kyle Singhal. Hopwood pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Oct. 3 and has been released with monitoring by pretrial services. He is under a temporary protection order barring him from being within 100 yards of Anne Marie. A Georgetown Law representative said he is not currently teaching at the school. In a court affidavit posted online, Anne Marie alleged several incidents of abuse and painted a picture of Hopwood as a controlling, temperamental and violent individual. In the latest incident, Hopwood allegedly began fighting with his wife at a baseball game and threw her phone out of the car window. At home, Hopwood allegedly shoved his wife, leading to a broken tooth and finger.


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