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John Grisham was on The Today Show

John Grisham was on The Today Show

Best-selling author John Grisham was the big guest on NBC’s The Today Show this morning (January 29) where he talked about his new legal thriller “The Appeal,” Hillary Clinton and answers viewers’ questions.

The prolific author told TODAY co-host Matt Lauer on Tuesday that the timing of the book’s release was far from coincidental.

“It works at any time, but I thought it would probably be a good idea to publish a story about politics this year,” Grisham said. “That was a factor.”

“The Appeal,” Grisham’s first legal thriller since 2004’s “The Last Juror,” takes aim at deep-pocketed special interest groups that attempt to manipulate the judicial system.

The story plays out with a chemical company found guilty of dumping toxic waste and liable for the deaths of scores of people in a fictional Mississippi town. The owner of the company tries to get out of paying a $41 million settlement by spending millions to help elect a justice to the Mississippi Supreme Court that will swing the appeal the other way.

When Lauer asked if such a story was far-fetched, Grisham said, “It’s already happened.”

“It happened a few years ago in West Virginia. A guy owned a coal company. He got tired of getting sued. He elected his guy to the Supreme Court. It switched 5-4 back his way and he didn’t worry about getting sued.”

Grisham, one of a handful of authors who have sold out first printings of 2 million volumes, said he believes there should be a movement to get away from elected judicial offices.

“Electing judges is a bad idea,” he said.

When Lauer queried how that can be achieved in a nonpartisan fashion, Grisham responded: “You start with a nonpartisan commission, you screen the judges, you get good people, you get them appointed. If they serve a number of years, let them run maybe for an election with no private money involved in the election. Keep the private money out. But you’ve got to clean it up.”

Grisham is a friend and supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, even hosting a fund-raiser for the New York senator last year. He asked that Clinton and Barack Obama clean up their increasingly personal attacks in the campaign.

“I don’t like the bickering,” said Grisham, who has now published 21 books. “We’ve got two great candidates in Senator Obama and Senator Clinton. They should get along. They should do a better job of campaigning and let’s keep the personal stuff out of it. And I think they’re going to.”

When asked if he was worried for Clinton, with Obama gaining the key endorsement of Sen. Edward Kennedy, Grisham said, “I think she’s going to do great next Tuesday. She’s ahead in all the big states. Super Tuesday is going to be very revealing.”

Source: msnbc.com


  • February 1, 2008 at 1:38 AM Melissa

    John Grisham’s website doesn’t allow for the general population to get in touch with him. However, I live in Las Vegas (the city that everyoe seems to obsess about) and I have mind blowing information on corruption in the legal and medical community here that would probably make his head spin and have a hit put out on me and my husband immediately. However, it is so incredible to me that it is worth my while giving him material which only he could do justice to in his next book. It is unthinkable what is going on. Even though it’s Vegas…..it still should not happen in our lifetimes. I don’t know how else to get in touch with him. It has been going on for 5 years and is coming to a climax as we speak. It is unspeakable and the nation would revolte if they knew the amount of greed and arrogance involved at patients’ expense. By the way, it’s so hard to write this sort of thing without sounding like one needs instant psychiatric care. We are very normal people embroiled in the most amazing corruption I’ve ever witnessed, and I’ve read all of Grisham’s books. I’ve been agonising about this email for months….should I write this or not. It will probably be taken care of with a silent response. You never know. John Grisham, a message to you…..you need to somehow contact me. Weird stuff is happening here in Las Vegas and it’s not good for the innocent patients in our community

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