Sandra Knispel interviewed Curtis Wilkie this morning on Mississippi public radio. She began by asking about the title invoking a Greek tragedy, she asked: wast it is inevitable his house would fall and crumble?
A. Probably not. It fell because of some poor judgment on his part, the association of some people who got him into trouble. I don’t think it was inevitable. Some of his enemies thought it was inevitable.
Q. Why did such a rich man try to bribe a judge?
A. One, Dick had become addicted to a pain killer… after two back surgeries and I think that probably effected his judgment. Dick wanted to win, you needed to win particularly when you are pitted against implacable enemies.
She asked about the leaked documents and he said they came from all sides. He talked about the wiretaps, which he said show something about the case:
It was handled certainly very zeaolously by the attorneys for the governmetn and the fbi. The attorneys for the defendants made what i thought a forceful motion about outrageous behavior by the government.
He talked about Dawson having sat for several interviews, and said he had interviewed Greenlee (who I don’t remember being cited in a footnote). He said that Keker explained to him why the crime was not entrapment (this is not in the book), because of the length of time the discussions took.
Wilkie also said:
Scruggs didn’t offer money I believe that Scruggs was in the dark during much of this period. … Once Scruggs agreed to reimubre it, Scruggs became part of the conspiracy.