Former WMA TV chief snaps up film and TV rights to book

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.”

Story centers on Mississippi native Dickie Scruggs, who became among the most successful plaintiffs’ lawyers in America by winning cases against tobacco and asbestos industries. As a result, he developed a huge appetite for the high life, culminating in his guilty plea in a conspiracy to bribe a state judge.

He’s the brother-in-law of former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, whose name emerged during the investigation as a contact and who resigned two days before Scruggs was indicted in 2008. Scruggs is serving a seven-year prison sentence and is scheduled for release in 2015.

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.

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