Jim Bakker: Miscarriage of Justice?

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Open Court Publishing, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 532 pages
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Watched in more homes than Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Jim Bakker's PTL Club was the most popular religious TV program of all time. But Bakker's empire collapsed when he was indicted by a federal grand jury for television fraud. He was found guilty after a tumultuous five-week trial, then sentenced to 45 years in prison by presiding judge "Maximum Bob" Potter. Evidence of intentional fraud on Bakker's part was weak. Videotapes of past PTL programs that would have helped Bakker's defense were never seen by the jury. What the jury did hear about were million-dollar salaries, corporate jets, and air-conditioned doghouses. James A. Albert is a law professor, trial lawyer, and expert on broadcast law. He is not a Pentecostalist or a follower of Bakker's. His curiosity piqued by strange and alarming details of the trial (including reports that the religious beliefs of some of Bakker's witnesses were held up to ridicule in the courtroom), Professor Albert thoroughly investigated the Bakker story. He scrutinized 4,000 pages of trial transcript and conducted exclusive interviews with Bakker, the witnesses, lawyers, and jurors. The result is an exciting courtroom drama. At the same time, Albert tries to understand how someone who may well have been innocent of the crimes with which he was charged could have been brought so low.
 

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Albert, a trial attorney and Drake University law professor, helped with imprisoned televangelist Jim Bakker's probation appeal. He claims that Bakker was badly treated during his 1989 fraud trial and ... Read full review

Contents

Hallelujah Hollywood
3
Heritage USA Jim Bakkers Christian
15
Good Works at PTL
34
The Price Tag
41
How Bakker Raised the Money
51
Bakkers World Collapses and The
64
Trying to Reassemble the Fiddle Section
79
Ill Get By with a Little Help from
98
The TrialWeek ThreeAnd
187
Case after Four Weeks 277
211
The TrialJim Bakker Takes the Stand
257
The Jury DeliberatesBakker Is a Dead
299
The Verdict
309
CHAPTER
325
Clippers
379
Trial
411

A Jury Is Quickly Chosen
121
Bakkers Last StageCourtroom 112
133
The TrialWeek One
140
Bakker Snaps and Judge Potter Racks
156
Week TwoThe Trial Resumes
168
Jurors
425
Might Be Innocent
440
Successfully Defended
467
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