Think you know the truth about the prosecutions of Arthur Andersen LLP, Enron, and the Merrill Lynch executives in the Enron Barge case?  Think again.

This is the inside story of the most high-profile prosecutions of the last decade, and it’s a 5-star great mystery read on Amazon.  A gruesome suicide, a likely murder, a tragic plane crash, wrongful imprisonment, and gripping courtroom scenes draw readers into this compelling story, giving them a frightening perspective on justice and who should be accountable when evidence is withheld. Licensed to Lie reveals the strong-arm, illegal, and unethical tactics used by headline-grabbing federal prosecutors in their narcissistic pursuit of power to the highest halls of our government.  It’s terrifying–because it’s true.  Just ask United States Senator Orrin Hatch, Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, “fabled” trial attorney Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly, or Fox News John Stossel–to name a few. It should be required reading for every law student, lawyer, judge, politician, and concerned taxpayer.  Sidney Powell has written a book like no other lawyer has ever dared–and she’s pulled back the royal blue curtain of the Department of Justice.  Brace yourself for this read!




Sidney Powell served in the Department of Justice for ten years in Texas and Virginia and has devoted her private practice to federal appeals for the past twenty years. She was the youngest Assistant United States Attorney in the country when she was appointed. Later, she became Chief of the Appellate Section for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and served as its President. Recognized by her peers as a “Super Lawyer” and named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for years, she has been lead counsel in more than 500 appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, resulting in more than 180 published opinions, and was President of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit. Powell’s briefs have long been featured as samples for practitioners.   She also writes for the New York Observer, the NRO, and Fox News.  Her articles have appeared on Drudge, Breitbart, Investors Business Daily, NewsMax, and in countless other publications.  She has appeared frequently on Book TV, NewsMax TV, Fox and many radio shows.

In Licensed to Lie, Powell leads readers through the disturbing events, missteps, cover-ups, malfeasance, and corruption of justice that have caused her to question the system she has been committed to for over thirty years. With the narrative style of a legal thriller, this true story captures the drama of the law, the real human costs and consequences of the corruption of justice, and cautions for anyone facing the Department of Injustice.



Themis 2544“This book should serve as the beginning of a serious conversation about whether our criminal justice system continues to live up to its vaunted reputation. As citizens of a free society, we all have an important stake in making sure that it does.”

– From the Foreword by Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in his personal capacity

“It would be malpractice to litigate against the Department of Justice without reading this book.”  Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr.  Williams & Connolly

“This book reads like a cross between investigative journalism and courtroom drama.”  – William Hodes,  Professor of Law, and Coauthor, The Law of Lawyering

“That our government is corrupt is the only conclusion. This book helps the people understand the nature of this corruption—and how it is possible for federal prosecutors to indict and convict the innocent rather than the guilty. Every business person– and anyone– who values freedom should read and heed the warnings of this compelling work.”  – Victor Sperandeo, CEO & author – Trader Vic: Methods of A Wall Street Master

“When you’ve finished reading this fast-paced thriller you will want to stand up and applaud Powell’s courage in daring to shine light into the darkest recesses of America’s justice system. The only ax Powell grinds here is Truth.”  – Patricia Falvey, Author of The Yellow House

“As a prosecutor for over 29 years in the state courts of Texas, I am aware of both the possibilities for unfairness to the accused, and of the pressures on some prosecutors to win cases. Sidney is able to articulate these issues in telling the stories within Licensed to Lie, and she holds up a clear moral and legal compass to point us all toward prosecution according to law and the facts.”  – Jane Davis, former lead prosecutor, District Courts, Bexar County, Texas

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Alex Kozinski’s Foreword to Licensed to Lie

Feb 04, 2014

AKNinth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, in his personal capacity and not speaking for the Court in any way, has written the Foreword for Licensed to Lie. Here’s a tidbit:

“While no one openly disputes the validity of the Brady rule, many prosecutors see it as a thorn in their sides—an obstacle to overcome rather than a welcome responsibility to be scrupulously observed. . . While there are certainly many honest and fair-minded prosecutors, a disturbing number fail to disclose exculpatory evidence to the defense.  Some prosecutors affirmatively and knowingly conceal it. . . .

Sanctions against prosecutors who violate Brady are practically unheard-of and professional discipline is non-existent.  As a consequence, there is, as I’ve said elsewhere, ‘an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land.’

The author of this book is a former prosecutor turned private practitioner who represented a defendant in one of the high-profile cases discussed in the pages that follow.  She was called in by the defense team after the client had been convicted.  As she describes her first meeting with the client and his lawyers,  they were ‘[t]raumatized, exhausted, wrung out, meek, and broken’ as a result of what had been a brutal trial.  ‘I seemed to have more testosterone than all of them put together,’ she quips.  In truth, Sidney Powell has more testosterone than pretty much any roomful of lawyers, be they men or women.  Writing a book like this more than proves it.  Not only does she take on, by name, prosecutors and former prosecutors who continue to serve in powerful and responsible positions, she is also relentless in criticizing judges before whom she has practiced for years.  Few lawyers have the stones to do this.

 [T]his book should serve as the beginning of a serious conversation about whether our criminal justice system continues to live up to its vaunted reputation.  As citizens of a free society, we all have an important stake in making sure that it does.”


California Prosecutor Robert Murray Falsified A Transcript

Mar 03, 2015

In this unpublished decision, the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth District affirms the district court’s dismissal of an indictment because of the prosecutor’s “egregious, outrageous misconduct . . . that shocked the conscience.”  In The People v. Efrain Velasco-Palacios, the prosecutor added two highly incriminating lines to the transcription of the defendant’s police interrogation.  In so doing, he also destroyed the attorney-client relationship, necessitated the appointment of new counsel, and generally destroyed the validity of the process.  His defense?  It was just a “joke.”  This is the third strike we know of for  California Attorney General Kamala Harris who apparently doesn’t understand the importance of prosecutors following the law.  She appealed the dismissal, arguing that only physical “brutality” would be sufficiently shocking to the conscience to warrant a dismissal of the charges.


Senator Orrin Hatch to Loretta Lynch: Clean up DOJ & read LICENSED TO LIE

Feb 03, 2015

HatchLynch            Senator Troubled by Abusive Prosecutors in Justice Department  New York City (February 3, 2015) In last week’s confirmation hearings for the proposed new attorney general of the U.S., Loretta Lynch, esteemed Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah gave the nominee an urgent request:

“I recently read a powerful book… I read it in one day.” “It’s titled, Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.” “The author writes about many things, including the debacle that occurred in the misguided prosecution of Senator Ted Stevens, which I thought was out of this world bad. I was one of the people who testified as to his character, and he was one a person of great character. As you know, he lost the Senate race because of this type of prosecution. I know that case. Ted Stevens was a dear friend of mine, and I testified on his behalf. Only after he was convicted did we learn that the Justice Department prosecutors intentionally hid exculpatory evidence that could have helped his case.” “Now, these were not mistakes. They were corrupt acts that violated every prosecutor’s duty under the Brady v. Maryland decision to turn over exculpatory evidence so that the trial will be fair.” “Now I recommend that you read this book, because if even half of it is true, and I believe it is true, you have a lot of work to do to clean up that department. Will you consider doing that for me?” Ms. Lynch replied: “Thank you sir, I will.”

Click here to view the video–the new “trailer” for Licensed to Lie. Widely respected former federal prosecutor and appellate attorney, Sidney Powell, author of Licensed to Lie, applauds the Senator’s dedication to the rule of law and his appreciation of her work.

“Senator Hatch is a beacon of integrity in the Senate, and a leader in protecting justice for all Americans.  I am not surprised that he is appalled by the callous disregard for truth, justice and fundamental fairness exposed in my book. It is my great honor to add my research to this important discussion on reform led by Senators Hatch, Murkowski, Grassley, and others. I also implore Ms. Lynch to champion this cause for reform, and I will welcome any opportunity to meet with her to discuss these crucial issues.” “To restore confidence in the Department, Ms. Lynch should terminate the services of the attorneys in the Department who have been found to have committed intentional or reckless violations of their duties. She should end the Department’s stonewalling of its own Inspector General and provide the documents Congress has long requested in the IRS scandal, Benghazi tragedy, and Fast and Furious disaster.  Like every citizen, prosecutors need to be subject to the law, and to be held accountable when they flout it. Indeed, as officers of the court entrusted with the power of the Sovereign, they should be held to an even higher standard. Instead, abusive prosecutors have been promoted, gaining even more power that will make them even more corrupt.  What happened to the citizens in Licensed to Lie can happen to anyone.  Just ask the teams of the Innocence Project who work tirelessly to free people who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit. More than half of those wrongful convictions were the result of prosecutorial misconduct.”

In addition to Senator Hatch, there has been much critical acclaim for Sidney Powell and Licensed to Lie from many respected minds including Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr., of Williams & Connolly LLP. Mr. Sullivan said that this book is “more instructive than any criminal law course offered today in our best law schools,” and, “It’s malpractice to litigate against the Department of Justice without reading this book.” Respected FederalJudge Alex Kozinskiof the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has urged judges to “put a stop” to these abuses. In his private capacity, he wrote the Foreword to Licensed to Lie, which he urges friends of justice to read. In the oral argument of a recent case involving a California prosecutor, Judge Kozinski suggested consideration of perjury charges for prosecutors who lie. This week, Licensed to Lie will be available on Kindle for only $2.99.  Hardback copies are available on Amazon.

For more information, please visit www.LicensedtoLie.com,  and follow Sidney on Twitter @SidneyPowell1, www.facebook.com/licensedtolie

ABOUT SIDNEY POWELL Sidney Powell served in the Department of Justice for ten years in Texas and Virginia and has devoted her private practice to federal appeals for the past twenty years. She was the youngest Assistant United States Attorney in the country when she was appointed. Later, she became Chief of the Appellate Sections for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and served as its President. Recognized by her peers as a “Super Lawyer” and named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for years, she has been lead counsel in more than 500 appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, resulting in more than 180 published opinions.  She was President of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, and her briefs have long been featured as samples for practitioners.


Licensed to Lie Featured by Fox News/John Stossel

Jan 19, 2015

John Stossel’s six-minute feature OVERLORDS, discussing LICENSED TO LIE: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice caused former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler to withdraw her name from consideration for Attorney General the following day.


Judge Emmet G. Sullivan Curtails DOJ’s Abuse of Subpoenas

Jan 16, 2015

Judge Sullivan has shut down the Department’s abuse of Rule 17 subpoenas in this opinion.United States v Vo (Opinion)


The Secret Docket of the Eastern District of New York

Jan 09, 2015

See this Petition for a writ of certiorari and this article for the New York Observer.


Judge Duffy Brands AUSA Okula As “Liar”

Dec 14, 2014

Stanley Okula FacebookAs reported in the New York Observer, senior federal Judge Kevin Duffy verbally branded AUSA Stanley Okula as a “liar” after catching Okula in a misrepresentation regarding whether the United States Attorney had issued press releases in the Michael Little and related cases.

For the transcript we have available, see 2014-12-4 U S v Michael LittleTR.

Our friends @Popehat pointed out that this is not Okula’s first offense.  He has been reamed by judges on two continents in two cases.


Sierra Pacific Levels Serious Fraud Charges Against Prosecutors in Moonlight Fire Case and Judges Recuse!

Oct 15, 2014

A federal judge today has ordered the recusal of all federal judges in the Eastern District of California and asked Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski to name a judge from another district to hear the serious case and allegations of fraud and misconduct that may warrant setting aside a $55 million settlement agreement payable to the United States.  See this 2014-10-15_Order_of_Recusal-c.  The Press Release re Moonlight Fire 10-9-2014of the filing is also available, and it includes allegations in a Declaration from a former Assistant United States Attorney,  expressing his belief that he was terminated from working on the case because of his ethical concerns.  The Defendants’ extraordinary motion is PA Rule 60(D) motion-c.



Aug 28, 2014

esullivanMany of the people named in LICENSED TO LIE, such as Attorney General Eric Holder, are in the news daily–often, not favorably.  But one of the heroes in this true legal thriller, is a real Article III federal judge of great integrity and courage.

Meet United States District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.  Judge Sullivan is one of the primary heroes because he helped uncover prosecutorial misconduct by the Public Integrity Section prosecutors for the Department of Justice in its corrupted prosecution of former United States Senator Ted Stevens.  He appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the Department of Justice and its attorneys.

He is in the news now because he is presiding over the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Judicial Watch against the IRS seeking the emails of Lois Lerner and her nefarious colleagues, and he’s entered various orders discussed here, here and here, extracting information from the IRS.  Thanks to Judge Sullivan, we now know (and broke the news) that Lois Lerner’s blackberry was destroyed after the Congressional inquiry focused on her.



Another hero in Licensed to Lie is the man Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, in his foreword for Licensed to Lie, called “the fabled” Brendan Sullivan–the highly esteemed leader of Williams & Connolly in Washington DC.  Brendan Sullivan and his partner Rob Carey, Simon Latcovich and their team represented Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, fighting relentlessly until they uncovered egregious prosecutorial misconduct, important evidence the prosecutors hid from the defense, and obtained the dismissal of all charges against Senator Stevens.


IRS Shenanigans

Aug 25, 2014

For the latest declarations filed by the IRS in Judge Sullivan’s court, revealing that the IRS destroyed Lois Lerner’s Blackberry also, see IRS Executed Declarations (8-22-2014) and see my articles in the New York Observer

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At the CATO INSTITUTE and on C-SPAN with Alex Kozinski Discussing Licensed to Lie

Aug 04, 2014



Brian Oxman Interviews Sidney about LICENSED TO LIE

Jun 06, 2014

brianoxmanTo listen to the broadcast, click on the media players below.


Dennis Miller Discusses LICENSED TO LIE with author Sidney Powell

Jun 03, 2014








Apr 16, 2014

Check out the INDEX Themis 2544 to LICENSED TO LIE for the names of all the attorneys, judges and others who are discussed in the book.  Here are a few to get you started:  former Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich, former Deputy Director and General Counsel of the FBI Andrew Weissmann,  President Obama’s White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler — all who “plainly suppressed” evidence favorable to the defense while four Merrill Lynch Executives went to prison for conduct that was not criminal.  There’s also former Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell and former FBI Director, now special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, who, by the way, oversaw the FBI’s nefarious role in the Enron investigation and apparently believes that Andrew Weissmann is his kind of prosecutor.

Also included are the Operation Polar Pen prosecutors who obtained the corrupt conviction of United States Senator Ted Stevens, cost him his Senate seat, and changed the balance of power in the United States Senate while they hid the evidence that showed his innocence and undermined the government’s witnesses.  The Stevens’ s prosecutors, directed by Matthew Friedrich and his Deputy Rita Glavin, included Brenda Morris, Nicholas Marsh, Edward Sullivan, and Alaska Assistant United States Attorneys Bottini and Goeke.




Renowned Journalist & Author Hugh Aynesworth Endorses Licensed to Lie

Feb 23, 2014

hugh_aynesworth“ I have covered hundreds of court cases over the years and have witnessed far too often the kind of duplicity and governmental heavy-handedness Ms. Powell describes in her well written book, Licensed to Lie.

Hugh Aynesworth,  journalist, historian, four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist,and author of November 22, 1963: Witness to History



Director/Screenwriter Steven Bernstein Reviews Licensed To Lie

Feb 23, 2014

   No matter what side of the political fence you stand on, this book is remarkable.

The story of Enron, Ted Stevens, and the legal and personal aftermath, at least as it was popularly presented, became part of the collective zeitgeist and was set in stone. None of us has the time or inclination to understand the minutiae of every event, no matter how significant.  Certainly what went down in Texas, Washington, Alaska, and New Orleans was significant, but few of us have knowledge of what really occurred.

I was certain Ted Stevens was crooked.  I was also certain everyone at Arthur Andersen and Enron was crooked. As it turned out, some were, but remarkably, a lot were not. People who were convicted were innocent and went to prison. This should concern everyone.

What is even more shocking is that the federal prosecutors whom I had always presumed to be full of virtue and zeal had much more zeal than virtue and that the crimes here went beyond the excesses of some Enron executives. This is worse. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?  

What some at Enron did was terrible, but the moral advantage of government over the private sector interest is accountability.  If the private sector fails us, we cannot vote them out, unless we have a whole bunch of shares which we mostly don’t.  But the beauty of government is accountability, and it is essential  that those individuals who,  like the police and prosecutors,  are granted extraordinary powers must also be subject to extraordinary limits and controls over those powers.

Tyranny is not giving government power. Tyranny is giving government power that is not regulated and controlled.

Sidney Powell weaves an extraordinary tale of federal prosecutors run amok seemingly with little control.   In my own mind, I am certain they thought they were doing good, but their substantive misconduct that Ms. Powell uncovers is so egregious and far reaching that it goes to the very foundation of our democracy and how it may be at risk.

This is a brave book. The taking on of the forces that Ms. Powell attacks can do her no long term good, but clearly she is serving a higher calling: the Rule of Law.

I know Sidney Powell.  She is a force. Almost six feet of southern woman who has a limitless hospitality and generosity of spirit but who simply cannot countenance the slightest corruption. In her friends, she can barely forgive it; in those in power, she finds it unconscionable.  This is Sidney.  I live in Los Angeles in the grey of the marine layer but also the grey of moral uncertainty.  Sidney visited here, and it was not just her height that made her stand out. She was genuinely shocked by all she surmised. This is not how she conducts business.  Sidney is a woman and a lawyer who believes in important things, and I am certain what drove her to write this book was no particular axe that needed grinding, though she has a well sharpened one in her literary hand.  Rather, Sidney witnessed something that was simply wrong, and she is one of people burdened with the sense that wrongs should be righted and truths should be told.

Boldly, bravely, dangerously, and elegantly she does that in this book. I couldn’t put it down. Like a great novel, it revealed much of the human condition and of human frailty. It was a frightening book for those who fear for our way of government, but ultimately it is a triumph.  It is significant that this book can be published and these things can be said.  No tyrant would allow this to be printed because it indicts some of the most powerful jurists in the land. So it should be a point of pride for all of us that Sidney can speak up without fear of recourse because this courageous discourse, this calling to task of the corrupt, is the foundation of our democracy. Bravo Sidney Powell.  

Steven Bernstein,Writer/Director: Dominion


Trader Hall of Fame Member Victor Sperandeo Discusses Licensed to Lie

Feb 05, 2014

VSperandeo0029fb2“Last year four government officials demonstrably lied under oath, and nothing has been done to them–two IRS officials, the Attorney General, and James Clapper -which caused Ed Snowden to release the fact that the US is spying on its citizens and in violation of the 4th amendment.

That our government is corrupt is the only conclusion. This book helps the people understand the nature of this corruption—and how it is possible for federal prosecutors to indict and convict the innocent rather than the guilty.

Every business person– and anyone who values freedom–should read and  heed the warnings of this compelling work.”

Victor Sperandeo, CEO of the EAM Companies & author of Trader Vic: Methods of a Wall Street Master and other books


Distinguished Professor and Novelist Michael Adams Writes about Licensed to Lie

Feb 04, 2014

Michael Adams.jpegMs. Powell, through her words and acts, resurrects the wisdom of the past. It was Edmund Burke who reminded his followers more than once that “Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.”

And Charles de Montesquieu reminded us that “There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice”—to which we might add Ms. Powell’s lesson: that justice remains a mere abstraction unless men of conscience practice it religiously every day.

From Michael Adams, Ph.D. University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of English; Associate Director, James A. Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas, Austin


Mike Moses Endorses Licensed to Lie

Feb 04, 2014

CoverLicensed to Lie is a compelling read and frankly, quite alarming.

It exposes why many Americans fear their own government.

It is a breathtaking read that examines the impact on the lives of innocent individuals when the United States Department of Justice pursues wrongful prosecutions.

Sidney Powell goes behind the scenes and reveals a story that will hopefully will inspire readers to insist upon on a judicial system that is fair and protective of all citizens.

-Mike Moses, Dallas, Texas



New York Attorney Ike Sorkin Endorses Licensed to Lie

Feb 04, 2014

headshot--Web-Photo--Sorkin Licensed to Lie is a remarkable and frightening revelation of surprises – one after the other – about how a group of purported elite prosecutors wrapped themselves in the flag, hid evidence, misled me and my co-counsel in the Enron barge case, and in the process, destroyed countless lives while a number of federal judges turned a blind eye to their egregious prosecutorial misconduct.

I saw it happen, but like me and my co-counsel, we were unaware of the breadth and scope of the deception. Licensed to Lie draws back the cobalt- blue curtain bearing the seal of the United States Department of Justice to expose how these prosecutors disregarded constitutional rights in a concerted effort to obtain convictions at the expense of doing justice.

Those people – the former Enron Task Force prosecutors – are an elite cabal who went on to significant decision-making positions in the federal government.

Conspiracy of Fools and The Smartest Guys in the Room, both best-sellers, told only the story known at the time. This book goes much deeper, discloses evidence the prosecutors hid for years, and tells it all – one shocking revelation after the other.”

Ira [“Ike”] Sorkin



CREEPS ON A MISSION: Michael Horowitz is really Investigating the Investigators


POLITICAL PROSECUTION: Mueller’s Hit Squad Covered For Clinton And Persecutes Trump Associates

Meet The Very Shady Prosecutor Robert Mueller Has Hired For The Russia Investigation


Former federal prosecutor questions Mueller’s motives


The FBI Is Facing A Credibility Crisis

Judging by Mueller’s staffing choices, he may not be very interested in justice


Over-Reaching Prosecutors Run The Country

America Talks Live – Sidney Powell reaction to Comey Testimony.

A Case For Criminal Justice Reform

CPAC 2017 Panel


WATCH THE NEW TRAILER FOR LICENSED TO LIE–featuring Senator Hatch, Fox News John Stossel, Neil Cavuto & others!






AUDIO INTERVIEW & ARTICLE: Former Federal Prosecutor Reveals DoJ Corruption in New Book

Financial Myth Busting Radio Show Interviews Sidney Powell, Author of New Book, “Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice”

WASHINGTON TIMES EDITORIAL: When the watchmen fail–Abuses by ambitious federal prosecutors have become an epidemic

In the NEW YORK OBSERVER:  The Noose Tightens on IRS

Cavuto and Sidney Powell on Judge Emmet Sullivan and IRS

For all my articles on the New York Observer


ANOTHER REMARKABLE REVIEW by ForeWord Reviews.  Here’s an excerpt:
“Powell has done the law and every citizen a great favor by calling out an unholy practice of government attorneys. Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, by defense attorney Sidney Powell, is a lurid tale of deceit and amoral behavior on the part of government prosecutors. It is so well written and researched that the story makes for a stunning read.”


Talk Show Host CHAD HASTY Interviews Sidney on LICENSED TO LIE


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