Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice

Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice

by Sidney Powell

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Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice by Sidney Powell

Dare to learn the truth about a core group of corrupt prosecutors who rose to powerful positions, including now on Robert Mueller's hit squad investigating President Trump. A tragic suicide, a likely murder, wrongful imprisonment, and gripping courtroom scenes draw readers into this compelling story giving them a frightening perspective on justice corrupted and who should be accountable when evidence is withheld. Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice is the true story of the strong-arm, illegal, and unethical tactics used by headline-grabbing federal prosecutors in their narcissistic pursuit of power. Its scope reaches from the US Department of Justice to the US Senate, the FBI, and the White House. This true story is a scathing attack on corrupt prosecutors, the judges who turned a blind eye to these injustices, and the president who has promoted them to powerful political positions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612541914
Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 4,801
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sidney Powell served in the Department of Justice for ten years in Texas and Virginia and has devoted her private practice to federal appeals for the past twenty years. She was the youngest Assistant United States Attorney in the country and the youngest elected Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, for which she also served as President. Recognized by her peers as a “Super Lawyer” and named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for years, she has been lead counsel in more than 500 appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, resulting in more than 180 published opinions, and was President of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit. Powell's briefs have long been used as samples for practitioners on the website of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

In Licensed to Lie, Powell leads readers through the disturbing events, missteps, cover-ups, malfeasance, and corruption of justice that have caused her to question the system she has been committed to for over thirty years. With the narrative style of a legal thriller, this true story captures the drama of the law, the real human costs and consequences of the corruption of justice, and cautions for anyone facing the Department of Injustice.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Chapter 1 The Ultimate Toll 1

Chapter 2 The Dangerous Fuel of Public Outrage 13

Chapter 3 The Task Force Annihilates Arthur Andersen 29

Chapter 4 Wanna Buy a Barge? 57

Chapter 5 Nailing the Coffins 75

Chapter 6 Facing the Firing Squad 85

Chapter 7 Supreme Reversals 111

Chapter 8 The Longest Year 127

Chapter 9 BOHICA 165

Chapter 10 More Surprises 183

Chapter 11 The Department of Injustice: Polar Pen Melts 197

Chapter 12 The Mother of All Hearings 207

Chapter 13 Move Over, DOJ: There's a New Sheriff in Town 227

Chapter 14 Another Try 249

Chapter 15 The Big Oops 265

Chapter 16 Truth Be Told 281

Chapter 17 The Beginning of the End 291

Chapter 18 The End of the Beginning 323

Chapter 19 The Last Chance 339

Chapter 20 Inside the Department of Injustice: The Calculated Corruption of justice 363

Chapter 21 BOHICA? Or Just Over? 381

Chapter 22 The Bar at Its Lowest 393

Epilogue 405

Acknowledgments 415

Sources 417

What People are Saying About This

Patricia Falvey

“When you've finished reading this fast-paced thriller, you will want to stand up and applaud Powell's courage in daring to shine light into the darkest recesses of America's justice system. The only ax Powell grinds here is Truth.” --Patricia Falvey, author of The Yellow House and The Linen Queen, and former Managing Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

William Hodes

“Licensed to Lie reads like a cross between investigative journalism and courtroom drama. The takeaway is that both Bushies and Obamaites should be very afraid: over the last few years, a coterie of vicious and unethical prosecutors who are unfit to practice law has been harbored within and enabled by the now ironically named Department of Justice.” --William Hodes, Professor of Law Emeritus, Indiana University, and coauthor, The Law of Lawyering

journalist, historian, four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, author, November 22, 1963: Witness to History - Hugh Aynesworth

"I have covered hundreds of court cases over the years and have witnessed far too often the kind of duplicity and governmental heavy-handedness Ms. Powell describes in her well-written book, Licensed to Lie."

PhD, University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of EnglishAssociate Director, James A. Michener Center for Wr - Michael Adams

"This book is a testament to the human will to struggle against overwhelming odds to right a wrong and a cautionary tale to all—that true justice doesn't just exist as an abstraction apart from us. True justice is us, making it real through our own actions and our own vigilance against the powerful who cavalierly threaten to take it away."

Victor Sperandeo

“Last year four government officials demonstrably lied under oath, and nothing has been done to them--two IRS officials, the Attorney General, and James Clapper -which caused Ed Snowden to release the fact that the US is spying on its citizens and in violation of the 4th amendment. That our government is corrupt is the only conclusion. This book helps the people understand the nature of this corruption—and how it is possible for federal prosecutors to indict and convict the innocent rather than the guilty.” --Victor Sperandeo, CEO and author, Trader Vic: Methods of a Wall Street Master

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riveting, profound, compelling, revealing read. Brilliantly written, brutally informative detailed with fact and honesty. Sidney Powell has narrated a piece of history from a perspective deep within the legal circle...confirming what most of us fear, our government is only as good as those who serve it, or at best, how they are held accountable in their privilege to practice and enforce law. By design, the media is our conduit to information, not necessarily based on facts or truth. Licensed to Lie takes us on a journey of Sidney Powell's unyielding commitment to uphold the law, all that it stands for, the quest for facts, knowledge and truth to support the law. Never have I read a book in which the author has the gumption to name names and call out those who still hold power. This is a story that makes you think about the essence of our American freedom, our rights as citizens, and the corrupt powers that control it. Those named need to be held accountable. Those pursuing a career in law and politics, need to embrace this story as a code of ethics. Sidney Powell must be applauded and thanked for her courageous plight to expose and right the wrongs of our judicial system. Licensed to Lie is a factual account of real people, whose lives were destroyed by those in power with questionable judgment and corrupt agendas. It reminds me of the Titanic, we know the end is horrific, but throughout the story, you keep hoping the ship will not hit the iceberg... our judicial system is sinking the American spirit... Licensed to Lie is blowing the whistle. Kudos to Sidney Powell and the stones it took to write this book. Best read in decades.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent Book. A must read for anyone concerned about prosecutorial overreach or just interested in a gripping story
Anonymous 6 months ago
I was waiting for Ms. Powell to be vindicated, but was not surprised that Justice is not really blind and that the "cabal of corrupt cronies" are today hard at work trying to destroy the innocent. Kudos to Ms. Powell for her tireless efforts in the Enron cases and for writing this expose that should scare the hell out of you.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book was an excellent and enlightening read and I highly recommend it. I couldn’t put this book down. I read this book in two days, alternating between feelings of anger & disgust with the behavior of our taxpayer funded government employees (the prosecutors) on the various cases covered in this book. I was horrified by the total disregard for the destruction of people’s lives displayed by the prosecutors. The strength shown by some of the people that were wrongly accused was simply amazing. I knew that there was corruption in our court system and our government, but I was shocked by the seeming disinterest by so many judges and others in righting the wrongs that were committed. By watching the news, reading information from multiple sources and personal experience, I’m left feeling sickened by a system that I used to have complete faith in. In the last few years I’ve completely lost all of my trust in our judicial process.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was at fascinated one minute and frustrated like the author the next. I kept screaming to the book, "why does no one see how wrong this is?" This is an excellent book. Now I understand better what we're up against with Mueller's team (which includes Weissman and Freshen).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago