One could fill a library with stories about redemption (in fact, most libraries ARE filled with stories about redemption, fictional and real), but the following came to mind recently when I spoke with a couple of young law library patrons about past transgressions and future promise:
1) Oregon case In re Beers, 339 Or 215, about a law student with a past.
2) Parade magazine, June 27, 2010, article about Richard Dyer: Judging the Value of Redemption, by Linda Himelstein.
3) See also Pardons (in previous OLR blog posts)
There is more if you want to research the subject further.