Mississippi attorney Richard Scruggs (left), seen with lobbyist John Raffaelli, is the focus of a book, The Fall of the House of Zeus, about his trial for attempted bribery of a judge.
Noticeably, some relevant characters refused to speak to Wilkie on the record, including Lott, who resigned from the Senate in late 2007; Lackey, the FBIs original informant; and P.L. Blake, a kind of behind-the-scenes power broker in state politics.
Wilkie was in the courtroom the day Scruggs was sentenced, and he said Scruggs nearly fainted as the judge lectured him about his crimes. According to Wilkie, the courtroom was filled with other lawyers who had come to see Scruggs knocked down a peg, in some measure of revenge for what they considered past injustices.
Theres always going to be a faction of people in Mississippi who hate Scruggs and everything he and trial lawyers stand for, and some of them probably feel the portrait should be tougher than it was, Wilkie said of his presentation of the Scruggs story. I tried to put a human dimension on the story, but theres a body of opinion that considers Scruggs evil incarnate.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.