By John Hailman
As a federal prosecutor in Mississippi for over thirty years, John Hailman labored with federal brokers, legal professionals, judges, and criminals of each stripe. In From middle of the night to Guntown, he recounts outstanding trials and undesirable man antics from the darkly funny to the needlessly tragic.
as well as financial institution robbers--generally the dumbest criminals--Hailman describes rip-off artists, hit males, safe witnesses, colourful informants, corrupt officers, undesirable men with humorous nicknames, over-the-top investigators, and people defendants who had a undeniable roguish allure. numerous of his defendants and sufferers have considering the fact that had complete books written approximately them: Dickie Scruggs, Emmett until, Chicago gang chief Jeff castle, and Paddy Mitchell, chief of the main profitable financial institution theft gang of the 20th century. yet Hailman supplies the interior tale not anyone else can. He additionally recounts his frightening reviews after September 11 whilst he prosecuted terrorism situations.
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