My Fall From Graceby James J. Laski
After becoming City Clerk, the second-highest ranking elected position in Chicago, he helped a friend make hundreds of thousands of dollars. That
Dead People voted. Absentee ballots changed. Petitions were round-tabled. Who was involved in the "Hired Truck" scandal? How much did Daley know? But most importantly, did someone in City Hall help the Feds get Laski?
After becoming City Clerk, the second-highest ranking elected position in Chicago, he helped a friend make hundreds of thousands of dollars. That same friend, as he learned on September 18, 2005, had worn a wire and carried a hidden camera for the FBI. This betrayal led to Laski's ultimately being sentenced to a West Virginia federal prison on September 11, 2006, and to a confrontational and controversial drug program. All in all, over forty people were indicted in the "Hired Truck Program" scandal, many of whom, including Laski, were sent to federal prison. This is the story of one unfortunate man's fall from grace.
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Former Chicago City Clerk Jim Laski's My Fall from Grace: City Hall to Prison Walls is a landmark book in more ways than one. It may be the ONLY book to be BANNED by the government from ALL federal prisons across the nation. How do I know that? I sent a copy of the book to a friend at Morgantown FCI, the same prison to which Laski had been sentenced for his role in the 'Hired Truck Program Scandal.' A month later, the book was returned to me with a form letter informing me that it has been banned for security reasons. I have since learned that this ban is nationwide. Why? It's not difficult to figure out. Laski dares to name names and tell the truth with the same candor characterizing his criticism of Chicago City Hall. He names the self-centered, arrogant COs, prison counselors, drug treatment specialists, and former warden. He also openly exposes the prison's deplorable nutritional, sanitary, and health care conditions. Perhaps worst of all (at least to the prison) is that he dares to criticize Morgantown FCI's 'crown jewel,' its drug treatment and rehabilitation program. This program has been praised by the FBOP (Federal Bureau of Prisons) for its innovativeness, but Laski exposes its degradation and dehumanization. The fact that the author attacks sacred cows no doubt accounts for the ban. It also explains Mayor Richard M. Daley's own attack on the book in the Chicago media--apparently, neither Daley nor the FBOP can stand the truth. I, for one, found the book absolutely riveting, and its expose of prison life just as engrossing as its revelations about Chicago politics. For anyone interested in a true 'insider's' account of the 'dark side' of politics and the federal prison system, this book is a MUST, the kind of stuff just made for 60 Minutes or Larry King.