I have a close friend who was once interviewed by Mike Wallace concerning corruption of a local school board in Jackson County, Kentucky. The case was dubbed “Little Abscam
” in the 60 Minutes segment.
My friend wasn’t very trusting of the media, so he was prepared for the interview. He said that after a couple of hours with Mike Wallace, Wallace sat up straight and remarked, “An acquaintance of yours told me that you might try to tape our conversation. That’s not really true is it?” My friend grinned real big and said, “Well, you’re taping me, aren’t you”.
After days of my friend listening to the hogwash the defendants’ attorneys were spewing in the trial, my friend approached the prosecutor during one of the recesses. He told him he had something that might help with the prosecution. He gave him an unedited tape of his interview by Wallace.
The whole case ended up being settled with the defendants changing their pleas to guilty when my friend handed over to the prosecutors the tape of Mike Wallace saying, “The attorneys of xxxxxxx told me that their clients are guilty as hell, but they’ll get them off”. While technically it would have been considered hearsay, the fact that the attorney breached the attorney/client privilege, it was enough to convince the whole bunch of them to just go ahead a cut a deal.
Unknowingly, Mike Wallace helped send a bunch of crooks to prison.