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About the Book

Conviction at any Cost: Prosecutorial Misconduct and the Pursuit of Michael Segal is a true story that reads like a Grisham novel and is a riveting account of how the federal government, frustrated and angry when Michael Segal refused to wear a wire to entrap people he didn’t know or have dealings with, brought its full force against him to strip him of his company Near North National Group valued at $250M, his livelihood and the jobs of 1,000 employees. 


When Segal threatened to expose prosecutorial misconduct, the government doubled down and indicted him and his company on racketeering charges. Ultimately, when the misconduct was presented to the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice, nothing was done, and no one was punished.

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The United States v. Segal should never have been a case at all.

Conviction at Any Cost tells in detail how the prosecution, through the use of threats and other tactics took revenge upon Michael Segal because he had the courage to refuse to falsely implicate or entrap others.  Meanwhile, the employees who had been nurtured and rewarded by Segal, after succumbing to greed and attempting to take over Segal’s life’s work, decided when they were thwarted, that only the destruction of the company would satisfy them. And waiting to help crush the company were Segal’s long-time business rivals.

The evidence which resulted in an eight-year prison sentence was remarkable in its audacity.  

  • There was no loss or victims

  • The federal case was based on an administrative state insurance statute providing no penalty if no loss

  • The prosecution engaged in misconduct that was ignored by the courts.

  • Cybercrimes were protected and covered up

  • A defense lawyer for Segal was secretly tape-recorded

Witness for the Defense

"Mr. Segal has given us a cautionary tale of a federal government that is often arbitrary and vindictive. Federal prosecutors have nearly unlimited discretion to select their targets. Sometimes, selections are based on bad information, or on the fact that a target has a high profile and could potentially help make cases against other well-known people. Mickey Segal fits into all of these categories. When he refused to back down or to cooperate, federal prosecutors set about methodically to destroy his family and his business. But Mr. Segal is still standing. And he is still fighting back. He has written an important book."

- Leonard Goodman | Noted criminal defense lawyer; adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law; Advisory Board of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University College of Law.


Mr. Goodman has won several criminal cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Illinois Supreme Court. He has been recognized for his work on behalf of the wrongfully convicted, including an Afghani man detained twelve years at Guantanamo Bay without charges.

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Researched and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Maurice Possley based on court records and hours of interviews with Michael Segal, Conviction at Any Cost is a compelling account of how justice can be perverted and abused in the absence of checks and balances.


Segal is the subject, but anyone can be caught in a justice system gone awry.

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Conviction at any Cost: Prosecutorial Misconduct and the Pursuit of Michael Segal

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