plastics company in Missouri until the work he was hired for had ended. He then worked as a route salesman for a barber supply company in Missouri for about a year, at $ 150. a week. His employer said he was a fair worker with good qualities but was irresponsible, and the job ended by mutual agreement.
After that, he was employed by an investment company located in Texas, working at an office in New Jersey. In this job he evidently learned enough about commodities trading to start up the swindle with his associates that led to his indictment, plea and conviction here.
Dumas' letter to his lawyer, submitted with the supplemental affidavit complains that the work schedule at Allenwood prevents him from studying foreign languages, such as French. He cannot leave the camp to attend a local college. He has been evaluated to serve 24 months and 17 days of his 3 year sentence. All of this, he is convinced, is not what was intended at sentence.
Complaints about parole decisions, of course, cannot be heard here under § 2255, but can only be heard in the District where he is confined, and then only after exhausting administrative review. His attitude is displayed by his refusal to sign the form notifying him of his classification as a Central Inmate Monitoring case. The staff is obliged to provide him with notice so that he can request an administrative remedy, and his signature would do no more than record the fact that he received notice. Although he refused to sign, he has obviously received notice because he supplied a copy with his papers.
His interest in French strikes the court as nothing more than an attempt to apply his swindle techniques here. His high school grades, coupled with his academic failure at college, hardly point to a career in foreign languages. The novel by Alexandre Dumas, the elder, "The Count of Monte Cristo", does give a fictional account of Edmond Dantes who, while imprisoned, learned of a secret treasure buried on the island of Monte Cristo, which he eventually locates and so lives out his life as the mysterious Count. But it is not necessary to study French to read it. There is an English translation.
It is important, of course, that Dumas not be discouraged by his prison service. He must learn from it the importance of honest work, even manual labor, and of adhering to rules he may not like. This is important, not only for society but also for him, because after he is released from parole he faces 5 years on probation. He will then be in his own control. If he has not learned from the hard school of prison by that time, he will be in trouble here, because the slightest infraction, even as late as the last day of his probation, puts him in peril of being sentenced to another 5 years in jail.
Serving a jail sentence, even at Allenwood, is not easy. It is not intended to be. Dumas must learn to adjust to what prison life is. He cannot expect to have his way or look for sympathy when none is due. Most of all, he must learn to stop trying to "con" others. If he does not, the court doubts he will complete his 5 year probation term successfully.
The motion is denied.
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