Americana: Ticket to Oblivion

Law-and-order used to be a simple matter in Leadwood, Miss. (pop. 1,397). More for show than anything else, it seemed, the eight-man police force (seven part time) wrote about 100 traffic tickets a year. That was about it, until George Morgan was hired in June. In just three weeks on the job, Officer Morgan had handed out 53 tickets. Perhaps his worst mistake was giving one to Town Alderman Harvey Penberthy. With Penberthy leading the pack, the angry ticket holders besieged the board of aldermen to rid the town of this new menace. On July 11, Morgan was fired.

But what had...

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