Skip to comments.Sept. 11 chapel 'arsonist' gives up (a Harvard Law graduate)
Posted on 11/01/2009 6:30:29 AM PST by lowbridge
A Harvard law grad surrendered to cops yesterday after allegedly setting fire to an East Side chapel that houses remains of 9/11 victims as part of a drunken dare, sources said.
Brian Schroeder, 26, originally from Texas, walked into the 13th Precinct station house at about 7 p.m. in connection with the blaze at Memorial Park, on East 30th Street.
Charges were pending, police said.
None of the remains, which are destined for a memorial at the World Trade Center, were damaged but "mementos and candles left by family members in honor of 9/11 victims were destroyed or possibly stolen," Mayor Bloomberg said earlier yesterday.
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Odd. The family says he had “no radical political bent.” Friends say he “didn’t have a radical agenda.”
These just struck me as strangely worded disclaimers. Normally, you’d just say he was drunk, crazy, always one to do stupid things on a dare, etc. Plus, if that was the case, who dared him?
Throw the book at that SOB and put him in prison.
Interesting that this paper points out “originally from Texas.” Is this supposed to be proof of something? “He’s not one of us!” maybe?
Probably Austin, it’s only Texan by geographic standards.
I admit, I grinned before I groaned.
Did everyone go and read the comments by his family. “Good person” Family is as worthless as him to defend him. An “oddball” arson. He is a lawyer with a local firm.
Yup! it's Teaseday!
It gets even better. He is a Duke 2005 Theater major who took a year off to see the world.
I am sure both institutions are proud of their graduate.
He is wearing a Harvard shirt in his perp walk photo. It sounds like he is newly minted (2005 + 3 years for school + 1 year to travel around the world).
I wonder if he has even taken the bar yet. Can you take the bar with a felony conviction???
Hope the POS does some hard time
On the plus side, really big plus, one less Harvard lawyer.
Harvard Law? In the footsteps of Obama?
What’s with the “originally from Texas” stuff? Do they ever write “originally from Iowa”, or “originally from Mexico”?
What the heck?
I believe you can take the test, but he might have a hard time getting admitted to the bar.
My nephew graduated in ‘99 and aced the exam, but wasn’t admitted until 2001 because of some youthful indiscretions; no felonies that had happened 10 years prior to his graduation.
Per the article, he had moved to New York to accept a position with a law firm. Per the ABA Journal http://www.abajournal.com/news/sidley_austin_summer_associate_suspected_of_setting_fire_to_9-11_chapel/ the firm was Sidley Austin (a biggie) where he’d worked as a summer associate before receiving the permanent job offer (now rescinded). He would have taken the bar over the summer, following graduation, and wouldn’t have been offered the job if he hadn’t passed. But it won’t do him any good now.
Apparently his only other qualification is “gay activist”, but there aren’t a lot of paying jobs in that field, and plenty of applicants who don’t have arson on their resumes.
Doesn’t sound like his friends or family are rallying to support him:
“Schroeder who is charged with arson and reckless endangerment remains in jail because his friends couldn’t pull together enough cash last night to pay his $3,000 bail.” http://gothamist.com/2009/11/02/911_chapel_arsonist_claims_he_was_d.php
He may be out by now, but $3000 is peanuts, especially for someone who’s been working at Sidley and Austin. He should have been able to pay it himself right out of his checking account.
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