Turning his life around.
Via NY Post:
A poster boy for bail reform will miss out on meeting former President Barack Obama at a Manhattan gala awards ceremony Wednesday night — because he was busted during a traffic stop hours earlier.
Pedro Hernandez was stopped while driving a BMW in The Bronx around noon Wednesday, cops said.
A computer check revealed that the plates on the car were stolen and Hernandez’ driver’s license was suspended, and he was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and related charges, a law-enforcement source said.
The incident marked at least his 13th arrest and the third time he’s been stopped for driving without a license in the past two years.
Hernandez was being held pending arraignment, said his lawyer, Alex Spiro.
Hernandez became a cause celebre for critics of the criminal-justice system when he refused to accept a no-jail plea bargain in a Bronx shooting on grounds that he was innocent.
He spent a year on Rikers Island before the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization posted his $100,000 bail in July 2017.
The group is hosting its annual Ripple of Hope Gala at the New York Hilton Midtown on Wednesday night, with Obama among those set to be honored, and Hernandez was on the guest list, Spiro said.