A Prosecutor's Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves

Book - 2008 | 1st ed.
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As an Assistant United States Attorney, John Kroger pursued high-profile cases against mafia killers, drug kingpins, and Enron executives. In Convictions , Kroger reveals how to flip a perp, how to conduct a cross, how to work an informant, how to placate a hostile judge. Starting from his time as a green recruit and ending at the peak of his career, he steers us through the complexities and ethical dilemmas in the life of a prosecutor, where the battle in the courtroom is only the culmination of long and intricate investigative work.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374531775
Branch Call Number: 345.7301 KROGER
Characteristics: x, 466 p. ; 22 cm.


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Feb 11, 2014

This book, and this author, is exactly why someone should sue the Department of Justice, demanding independent judicial review. (Oh, this just happened, being undertaken by Better Markets!) This is a well-written book. A reader interested in this should enjoy it, but, I have some major disagreements with the author when he gets into the area of white- collar crime, where he sounds contradictory and waffles. Kroger mentions, in passing, that Andy Fastow " did a stint as a banker " - - HUH???? Fastow learned how to hide losses and debt at Continental Illinois, during the largest bank collapse/bankruptcy in US history at that time! (That's a stint?) His talent for hiding losses and debt was exactly why they hired him at Enron! Kroger appears not to fully understand, or passes over, just the enormity of the securities fraud at Enron; besides which, their obvious securities fraud, and Kroger's take on the situation, should scare one and all - - the DOJ should have had securities fraud experts on that case, and it is glaringly obvious why they didn't! Also, Kroger mentions " ;free market for capital " and " free market economy " without understanding really about finance and economics, just pontificating on the status quo, which he promotes, but does not really understand. Obvious and overt fraud should not be difficult to prosecute, although Kroger repeatedly claims it is. The last several chapters don't ring truthful, especially Kroger's remorse at indicting Fastow's wife, who was so obviously culpable, to pressure her husband.


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