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.
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
"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, these targeting decisions are based on bad information, or on the fact that a target has a high profile or is politically connected and could potentially help make a case against other well-known people. Mickey Segal fit into all three of these categories. And when, under the threat of federal prison, 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."