Convicted Felon May Be Detroit’s New ‘Poster Child’

Does someone really deserve a second chance?

Well, in this case maybe a 9th chance. Brian Banks and his “bank on Banks” campaign is looking for your vote in this coming election. However, Banks is an 8 time convicted felon. His convictions range from credit card fraud and writing bad checks that happened between 1998 and 2004. His run of bad behavior started when the democrat was 22 years old and his last conviction, where he plead guilty was in 2005.

“I was an adult, but I really wasn’t an adult,” he said. “I acquainted myself with the wrong people. Everyone has made poor choices. When you look at what I’ve done since then, I think that speaks volumes.”

Since then, Banks has not only achieved his GED but he has also received his bachelor’s, master’s degrees, a law degree and is currently working on his PhD. While Banks boasts his green and white graduating from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, he has not been allowed to take the bar. According to the Free Press, Banks is choosing to be open about his past and promoting how he has tried to “make things right”. While “judicial ethics” prohibit 36th District Judge Cylenthia Latoye Miller from endorsing candidates, she had this to say about Banks,

“This is exactly the kind of person we want people to be, when they have made these mistakes,” she said. “He’s a poster child for what you want people to do. It becomes evident that this is a changed person.”

Back in 2010, the voters of Michigan approved an amendment that bars anyone with a convicted felony that involved “dishonesty, deceit, fraud, or a breach of the public trust” from office. Since this amendment was for those “elated to the person’s official capacity while holding any elective office or position of employment in local, state or federal government.” Banks can run for office.

So, will Detroit’s Poster Child Get Your Vote?

Everyone loves a good comeback story but this isn’t the movies. If you cannot be a doctor, lawyer or teacher with a felony, should you be allowed to be a legislator? Should his past overshadow his polices? Is this what Detroit needs, a comeback? What do you think?