Power, Greed, and Hubris: Judicial Bribery in Mississippi (Hardback)James R. Crockett (author)
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James R. Crockett details the convoluted schemes that eventually put three of the judges, six of the attorneys, and the former auditor in federal prison. All of the men involved were successful professionals and three of them, Minor, Scruggs, and fellow attorney Joey Langston, were exceptionally wealthy. The stories involve power, greed, but most of all hubris. The culprits rationalized abominable choices and illicit actions to influence judicial decisions. The crimes came to light in those six years, but some crimes were committed before that. These men put themselves above the law and produced the perfect storm of bribery that ended in disgrace.
The tales Crockett relates about these scandals and the actions of Paul Minor and Richard Scruggs are almost unbelievable. Individuals willingly became their minions in power plays designed to distort the very rule of law that most of them had sworn to uphold.
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
"In this excellent volume, James R. Crockett shows what happens when powerful men attempt to put themselves above the law. He reveals how the actions of famed lawyers and judges resulted in scandal and disgrace. This is the story of how authorities exposed bribery and corruption in the most significant legal scandal of contemporary Mississippi."
--Governor Phil Bryant
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