It hangs on the wall in Mike Millemann's office like a yellowed postcard on the family fridge: a copy of a check for $268,482 from Spiro Agnew, the infamous former governor of Maryland and vice president of the United States.
Thirty-six years ago, Millemann, then an assistant attorney general, used the power of the state to sue Agnew to recover bribes he'd taken as governor.
To Millemann, today a law professor and longtime public-interest attorney, it was a matter of simple justice.
"It was fair," he says with a shrug. "The man was repaying what he owed."
The story is but a footnote in the history of Michael A. Millemann, 71, a buttoned-down...