- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Pediment Publishing; First Edition edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597252441
- ISBN-13: 978-1597252447
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,712,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kings of Tort Hardcover – 2009
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"Kings of Tort" presents the sordid facts, most already in the public record, in a coherent narrative told from the prosecutor's point of view.
People who have closely followed this scandal for a while will find little new information; those new to the scandal will likely be amazed. It is quite a story.
The book actually attempts to cover two unrelated crimes, one attributed to Paul Minor and the other to Scruggs and his co-conspirators. Dawson was the lead prosecutor in the Scruggs case, and he has a great deal of first hand information about the investigation and prosecution of that crime. The authors are less knowledgeable about the Minor prosecution, and that shows.
The book is marred by one startlingly vulgar "quote" attributed to Minor. This quote did not advance the narrative at all. It appears to me to be a gratutious cheap shot intended to embarrass and demean Minor. The remark is one neither of the authors could have heard first hand, and, as far as I can tell, the only citation that supports the accuracy of this "quote" is to Lange's own blog.
The book leaves unanswered many questions concerning the actions of P. L. Blake, an individual who worked closely with Scruggs and who collected $50 million for services he performed while the tobacco litigation was pending, servoces that both Blake and Scruggs have found difficult to identify or explain. The book also leaves unanswered many questions about the grant of immunity given to Ed Peters, one of the participants in the attempt to bribe Judge DeLaughter (Scruggs II).Read more ›
In March of 2007, when Judge Henry L. Lackey perceived that he had been offered a bribe to influence him in a case before his court, he faced a quandary. Lackey was a judge in the sprawling Third Circuit of Mississippi, comprising the counties of Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah and Union in north Mississippi. The initial approach had come from Timothy Balducci, a young lawyer whom Lackey had mentored early in Balducci's career. The inducement offered was an "of counsel" position in Balducci's law firm whenever the septuagenarian judge chose to retire from the bench. But Lackey knew that the offer was made on behalf of Richard L. `Dickie' Scruggs, a litigant in a legal-fees dispute before Lackey's court and the universally-acknowledged 800-pound gorilla of tort litigation in Mississippi.
Hence, Judge Lackey's quandary: his first inclination was to report his suspicions to state authorities. But this would bring the information to the attention of Attorney General Jim Hood. In a telling sign of the rot and cronyism that had already infected the legal system in Mississippi, Lackey knew that Hood -- and his predecessor, Mike Moore - had been allies and virtual tools of Scruggs and the plaintiffs' bar in shaking down the tobacco industry and attempting to do the same to the insurance industry in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Lackey wisely decided to take his information to Tom Dawson and John Hailman of the office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi in Oxford. The judge thus set in motion a chain of events that would dominate the remaining 21 months of Dawson's tenure as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, while having profound consequences for all of the other players involved.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a facinating book, especially for those interested in law. If this corruption (buying positions [backing of attorneys by channeling election contributions covertly into the... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by A. Reagan W.
The story is great, but sometimes the delivery is a little slow and tedious. There were several times I wanted the author to move the story along a little faster. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by JBE
This is the least credible book on the Scruggs Saga. If you are really interested you should by Curtis Wilke's The Rise and Fall of the House of Zeus.Published on December 2, 2012 by Alma C. Evans
A really good book on the Dickie Scruggs case. This book was written from the prosecution's point of view. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Todd R
A finely tangled web of power broker lawyers and judges, not courtroom lawyers, but bluffing, threatening, bribing, intimidating, negotiators.Published on August 5, 2011 by dc101
If you like to read books that is based on facts this is the book for you. I have lived in the area where all this took place and it was very intresting.Published on April 9, 2011 by John Hamilton
This book was a facinating read. I always find non-fiction stories like this more interesting that its fiction counter parts. Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by Jake4$