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

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Apr 29, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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Convictions is a spellbinding story from the front lines of the fight against crime. Most Americans know little about the work of assistant United States attorneys, the federal prosecutors who possess sweeping authority to investigate and prosecute the nation's most dangerous criminals. John Kroger pursued high-profile cases against Mafia killers, drug kingpins, and Enron executives. Starting from his time as a green recruit and ending at the peak of his career, he steers us through the complexities of life as a prosecutor, where the battle in the courtroom is only the culmination of long and intricate investigative work. He reveals how to flip a perp, how to conduct a cross, how to work an informant, how to placate a hostile judge. Kroger relates it all with a novelist's eye for detail and a powerful sense of the ethical conflicts he faces. Often dissatisfied with the system, he explains why our law enforcement policies frequently fail in critical areas like drug enforcement and white-collar crime. He proposes new ways in which we can fight crime more effectively, empowering citizens to pressure their lawmakers to adopt more productive policies. This is an unflinching portrait of a crucial but little-understood part of our justice system, and Kroger is an eloquent guide.

 

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I was amazed at how fascinating Convictions was. I received the book as a gift for my volunteer work . If tells the true life story of John Kroger in a easy to read yet very informative way. It gives ... Read full review

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Great job John. Always knew you had it in you to write a book. We worked hard and well together in the end. Make a movie. God Bless you n your family. THANK YOU...Warmest always, Billy

Contents

Waiting for a Verdict
3
The Scarpa Crew and the FBI
127
Hitmen
156
A Mafia Murder Trial
174
How We Beat the Mob
210
Wiretaps
237
Bushwick
252
Hunting The Puma
273
How to Win a War on Drugs
327
The Enron Debacle
369
The Broadband Scam
386
Getting Away with Fraud
418
The Fastow Dilemma
434
New Beginnings
451
Acknowledgments
465
Copyright

The Dark Side
306

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About the author (2008)

John Kroger is a former federal prosecutor who served on the Justice Department's Enron Task Force; he was also deputy policy director of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. He now teaches at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.

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