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Mr kecker and Dickie Scruggs

Originally posted here: http://nmisscommentor.com/law/sam-haskell-buys-movie-rights-to-fall-of-the-house-of-zeus/

Sam Haskell buys movie rights toFall of the House of Zeus

Sam Haskell, now an Oxford resident and previously the head of the television division of the William Morris Agency, has bought the movie rights to Curtis Wilkie’s Fall of the House of Zeus, according to this story in Variety:

Former WMA TV topper Sam Haskell is going to court, acquiring film and TV rights to Curtis Wilkie’s tome “The Fall of the House of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of America’s Most Powerful Trial Lawyer.”…

Haskell’s memoir “Promises I Made My Mother” was published last year. He’s had book signings in more than 100 cities and traveled to Afghanistan to take the book to U.S. soldiers through the Department of Defense.

My comment, posted on his site, having read the advanced copy is:

cynthia Jeanne Lee MD

I read the advance copy of Curtis Wilkie’s book. I was struck by the fact Dickie Scruggs had back to back back surgeries, within 60 days. I have never heard of anyone having back surgery twice in such a short time frame in my short twenty two years of active practice (except patients with infections).  Could the physician have deliberately hurt him in order to set him up for drug addiction? Mr. Scruggs used to take medical malpractice cases. The insurance companies are devious. In Texas, they used the physicians to help lobby the public to get a change in the state constitution to get a cap on punitive damages. I believe they would be capable of leaning on a physician to help them out since Mr. Scruggs was such a feared litigator. Anyone could have been rendered susceptible to narcotics abuse with sufficient medical mismanagement. Anyone under the influence, as Mr. Wilkie suggested he was by every afternoon, could have made an inaccurate or careless statement.

Dickie Scrugg’s son, also a lawyer, got caught up in this case, went to prison, and lost his license. He has subsequently discovered that his own attorney was cooperating with the prosecution behind his back. he is suing for a reversal of the conviction.

I went by the office of his defense attorney and left information that this physician was baffled about why his addiction issues were not explored and addressed first.

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