From Midnight to Guntown
True Crime Stories from a Federal Prosecutor in Mississippi
Publication Year: 2013
As a federal prosecutor in Mississippi for over thirty years, John Hailman worked with federal agents, lawyers, judges, and criminals of every stripe. In From Midnight to Guntown, he recounts amazing trials and bad guy antics from the darkly humorous to the needlessly tragic.In addition to bank robbers--generally the dumbest criminals--Hailman describes scam artists, hit men, protected witnesses, colorful informants, corrupt officials, bad guys with funny nicknames, over-the-top investigators, and those defendants who had a certain roguish charm. Several of his defendants and victims have since had whole books written about them: Dickie Scruggs, Emmett Till, Chicago gang leader Jeff Fort, and Paddy Mitchell, leader of the most successful bank robbery gang of the twentieth century. But Hailman delivers the inside story no one else can. He also recounts his scary experiences after 9/11 when he prosecuted terrorism cases.
Published by: University Press of Mississippi
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The idea for this book came from a good source: singer/songwriter Wil-lie Nelson. Several years ago, I was attending a seminar in Austin, Texas, when my old friend and fellow prosecutor, James Tucker, said, “Meet me at the back door of the hotel at precisely 6:00 p.m., and don’t tell anyone where we’re going.” The second part was easy—I had no idea where we ...
Common Law Enforcement Abbreviations and Acronyms
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Prologue: The Making of a Career Prosecutor
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For years, it never really occurred to me why I enjoyed being a prosecutor so much, but I knew I did. In my oﬃce, we used to say, “If I didn’t need the money, I would do this job for free.” What we all enjoyed most were the jury trials, which were like sports, full of intense competition per-formed before an audience of jurors. Our Anglo-Saxon system is clearly a ...
1. Bank Robbers I’ve Known
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We once took an informal poll in my oﬃce for our favorite crime to prosecute. The result was unanimous: bank robbery. Why? Well, a bank robbery is fast-moving and exciting, and even though there is an element of force and violence, physical injury is pretty rare, although there is often emotional trauma to the tellers and other victims. There is also no ...
2. Corruption in Positions of Trust: Lawyers, Judges, Supervisors, Sheriffs
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Prosecuting public oﬃcials and other prominent citizens for corrup-tion brings conflicting reactions from the public. For some, it deepens their cynicism about government: “They’re all crooks—I told you so.” Other times, a few public oﬃcials criticize us prosecutors: “Every time y’all prosecute another sheriﬀ or county supervisor, it makes the rest of ...
3. Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs
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When I joined the U.S. Attorney’s Oﬃce, because of my three years of civil rights experience with Legal Services during law school and my two years as law clerk for Judge William Keady during school and prison desegregation, U.S. Attorney H. M. Ray assigned me to do all the oﬃce’s civil rights cases, both criminal and civil. For a few years, we had only ...
4. Killers and Wannabes
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Most murders are not federal crimes. State DAs handle most homicides unless they are committed on federal lands like national parks. Fortu-nately for prosecutors in our oﬃce who get satisfaction from putting killers behind bars for life (like me) north Mississippi is rich in federal enclaves and interstate highways. The Natchez Trace Parkway seems to be ...
5. Faraway Places with Strange-Sounding Names: The Age of Terror
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We have entered your country for years living quietly, becoming employed in your auto plants, your business, your stores, your gas station your motels. All the while we prepare for the jihad. You think this not so. You will be destroyed from within. You will see. The 911 attack came from outside but the true jihad will come from within your own borders. You will see, stupid amerikkan....
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Bibliography of Related Readings
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A project as ambitious as this book, with its multitude of stories and characters, could only be completed with the generous help of an army of friends. It began several weeks before I retired from the U.S. Attorney’s Oﬃce with Anita McGehee, secretary to the U.S. Attorney, and Joan Allen, administrative oﬃcer, who led this computer-illiterate dinosaur to ...
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Page Count: 416
Publication Year: 2013