LEGAL BRIEFS: Lucky Timing

Shortly after J. Russell Hornsby, 49, backed a decision to fire the new business manager of his electrical-contracting firm, police in Orlando, Fla., heard from an informer that the dismissed executive, John Robert Sapp, 38, was scouting the area for someone to bump off Hornsby. Detective Ben Hernandez, posing as a Cuban hit man named Frank, volunteered for the job. According to police, Hernandez was hired and given a down payment. Later he reported to Sapp that Hornsby had been duly killed and demanded the rest of his $5,000 payoff. To authenticate the deal, police swarmed around Hornsby's suburban home...

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