Rex Shelby, the last man standing in the Enron cases, remains one of the most popular topics among readers of this blog. A previous post about Paris Hilton and Rex Shelby made me curious about what Rex did for his community service. So I did some investigating — what I discovered is amazing!
Rex Shelby’s community service requirement was 230 hours. I have found that most people get brainless assignments that require little of them (in terms of initiative or creativity) and which have little lasting impact — therefore, the people typically put little effort into the service — they do their time and that’s it. I understand that Rex requested of the Probation Office that it assign him something challenging through which he could really accomplish something useful.
Therefore, the Probation Office assigned Rex to an organization that helps the most desperate people in society learn how to find jobs. The organization teaches people how to search for jobs, how to write resumes, how to interview, etc. It makes sure they have clothes for a job interview. The organization makes sure that the people learn the basic computer skills needed to find jobs in today’s world — it makes sure all the people have an email account, for example. The mission of the organization is to move jobless people into jobs.
Rex Shelby helped the organization in a number of ways, but his core responsibility was to work with people to create resumes and cover letters to apply for jobs they wanted. Rex helped the homeless, veterans, ex-cons, disabled people, people with little education, recent immigrants, etc. — the most needy among us, in other words. Within his 230 hours of community service, Rex worked with more than 200 “clients”. He routinely worked hours that he didn’t count against his official total. He became a popular worker at the organization among the people needing help — people requested him by name because of what they heard from others he had worked with — people gravitated to him because he was kind to them and because he had a high success rate — he became known as “Mr. Rex” among his many Hispanic clients. Rex continued to help the organization long after his formal community service obligation had been met.
I understand that the organization has contacted the Probation Office several times to ask for more people like Rex Shelby. The Probation Office has told the organization that “unfortunately, we cannot find any more people like Rex.”
I am not surprised at what Rex Shelby was able to accomplish at that organization — it is consistent with his professional and personal history. What amazes me is that Rex, an innocent man who was falsely indicted by the government and has reason to be bitter and angry, shows no signs of either emotion and has been willing to contribute so much to others during his inane and worthless punishment phase.
This story just reinforces my disdain for the Department of Justice, the Enron Task Force, and the slimy prosecutors who hounded Rex Shelby and the other Enron Broadband defendants. Rex makes those prosecutors look small.