Paralegal Certification NYC and the Sad Life of Tyrone Ford – 8 March 2012 – How could a life for someone with paralegal certification NYC lead to a life behind bars? For the life of Tyrone Ford who was a music prodigy and someone who achieved a degree of national fame when President Ronald Reagan held him up as an example of the American Dream, during the President’s State of the Union address in 1986.

But his drug use, his troubled life and wasted talent and opportunity have turned what could have been another brilliant career – as a paralegal – into that of the prison inmate.

“I can’t deny anything, as far as my record and my parole violations,” Ford told a judge Friday as he sought have his parole shortened because of changes to New York’s once famously harsh drug laws.

“All I can say is that I’m going to continue to try to do my best to do what’s right,” he added.

His lawyer, Benjamin Heiss, said Ford was a paradigm of the nonviolent, drug-addicted offenders state legislators wanted to help when they eased prison and parole terms for some drug crimes in 2009. But to city Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan’s office, Ford is a criminal who has squandered extraordinary good fortune.

“He was given everything that he could possibly want” as a youth, assistant prosecutor Catherine Christian told the court. “And he has chosen, for his entire life, to commit crimes.”

Ford was officially a hero before he was a teenager. After losing his mother as a young child in Washington — he met his father years later, according to court papers — Ford largely taught himself piano and organ and became an accomplished singer. He had led three church choirs and appeared at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by the time Reagan recognized him with a National Youth Hero Award.

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