Jack McManus

An Interview with Jack McManus

H: Mr. McManus, thank you for joining us today.

JM: I appreciate the opportunity to meet and talk.

H: Your resume reads like a preppie pedigree. Harvard Law. Department of Justice. High profile criminal cases. Outside experience as a privately retained criminal defense attorney. Terrorist chaser. Big cases.

JM: I’m not sure how to respond. But I’ll admit that I have had an interesting life so far.

H: I’ll bet the average person would say that your life has been far more than just interesting. How about your experiences in your case against the Muslim Brotherhood and the Russian oligarch?

JM: That case was a game changer for me. Before that I had a great but too short career with DOJ until I was forced out over the Axel Ashe debacle. My family and I then moved to San Francisco where I opened my own law practice. I know a lot of prosecutors build up a reputation in government work and then leave for the lucrative private practice. That wasn’t me. Beneath my hide I was still a law and order guy. Until my wife was killed in a drive by shooting in Berkeley.

H: Her name was Mary, wasn’t it?

JM: Yes. The light of my life. Along with our two children.

H: How did that affect you?

JM: I was born and trained to be Catholic, but not too observant. It was Mary who kept us all in church. After she was gone I was lost. Worked too much. Probably drank too much. But I kept it together for Maria and John.

H: How old are your children now”

FM: Maria is 10 and John is 8.

H: How did they handle the loss of their Mother?

FM: Better than I did.

H: Do you like what you do?

FM: Yes. Without a doubt. I’ve always had a sense of duty, both to family and to country. But sometimes its tough to sort out the priorities between the two.

H: You made national headlines when you tried the airline crash case involving the Muslim Brotherhood and the Russian oligarch. But your defendant was only someone named Munuza. How come only one defendant?

FM: We had hunches, verified by actionable intelligence, that the Muslim Brotherhood and a Russian named Rosselier, with the nickname Hyacinth, were behind the airline crashes caused by Mr. Munuza. But our problems were twofold. First, we didn’t have enough factual data to indict those two. And, second, both the Brotherhood and Rosselier were not in US jurisdiction.

H: In that trial, Mr. Munuza was found guilty with some pretty stiff damages awarded. Did you ever collect that money for your clients?

FM: Not yet, but we will.

H: What happened to Munuza?

FM: Sorry, but I can’t say. We still have some outstanding business we need to address with Ahmed Munuza.

H: Do you know where he is?

FM: Yes, we do.

H: How about the Muslim Brotherhood and Mr. Rosselier? Are they still on your radar?

FM: Absolutely.

H: Scuttlebut has it that you have a new rather rarified position with Department of Justice. Care to tell us about it?

FM: Wish I could. But I’m sure that sometime in the not so distant future that you and your listeners will hear about it. Maybe then I can come back and we can discuss it further.

H: Other than all this confidential stuff, anything you can tell us about your future plans?

FM: Nothing, other than that Charlie Carson and I will be having dinner at Vidalia Restaurant in Washington in a few days to talk about our next book. I think he likes Glenfiddich Scotch, so we’ll have a few together.

H: What will the new book deal with?

FM: Better ask Charlie. I’m not too sure, yet.

H: Jack McManus, thanks for your time.

FM: My pleasure.

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