From Press Reports
Mississippi author Jim Crockett will be speaking and signing his latest book, “Power Greed Hubris: Judicial Bribery in Mississippi,” at next week’s regular meeting of the Friends of the Webster County Public Library.
Luncheon with Books begins at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13. A light lunch will be available for a nominal fee.
Crockett has published three books with the University Press of Mississippi: “Operation Pretense: The FBI’s Sting on County Corruption in Mississippi,” “Hands in the Till: Embezzlement of Public Monies in Mississippi” and “Power Greed Hubris.” He has also published two monographs and numerous articles in professional and academic journals.
His latest book, “Power Greed Hubris: Judicial Bribery in Mississippi,” is about the Paul Minor and Richard “Dickie” Scruggs scandals.
From 2003 to 2009 sensational judicial bribery scandals rocked Mississippi’s legal system. Famed trial lawyers Minor and Scruggs and renowned judge and former prosecutor Bobby DeLaughter proved to be the nexus of these scandals.
Seven attorneys and a former state auditor were alleged to have attempted to bribe or to have actually bribed five state judges to rule in favor of Minor and Scruggs in lawsuits.
This is the story of how federal authorities, following up on information provided by a bank examiner and a judge who could not be bribed, toppled Minor, Scruggs and their enablers in what was exposed as the most significant legal scandal of 21st-century Mississippi.
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 Minor and 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.
About the Author
Crockett, who is the brother of Maxie Bailey of Eupora, is professor emeritus of accountancy at the University of Southern Mississippi and an adjunct professor of accountancy at the University of Mississippi. He earned bachelor’s and master’s of business administration degrees from the University of Mississippi, and a doctor of business administration from Mississippi State University.
Crockett also served on the faculty of the University of West Florida. He served as chairman of the Department of Finance and Accounting at the University of West Florida, and as director of the School of Professional Accountancy at USM.
Crockett has been a member of the Mississippi Society of CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accounting and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He was the MSCPA’s Educator of the Year in 2005 and treasurer of the MSCPA in 2006-07. Crockett has presented many continuing professional education programs on a national basis since 1976.
He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Crockett is married to the former Dorothy Douglas, and they have two grown sons and four grandchildren. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Madison.