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The Dirty Dozen: 2010's Most Despicable People

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A series of photos leaked from inside the facility earlier this year warns of a disturbing reality inside the industrial walls. The photos show several monkeys with severe — possibly fatal — head injuries, deep gashes into their skulls and faces. In the pictures, the animals are still and lifeless on tables next to numbered cards.

The company confirmed that the photos are real and were taken inside the facility earlier this year. Several institutions — including Nova Southeastern University — immediately announced they would stop doing business with Primate Products. The USDA opened an investigation.

But when reporters asked about the monkeys, Bradford, who, with his receding hairline, pastel polo shirts, and big cigars, bears a resemblance to Rush Limbaugh, eschewed any concern for the animals that have helped him afford the massive mansion he owns in Pembroke Pines. In a statement, he dismissed activist accusations of animal cruelty, saying, "They are completely healthy, healed, beautiful animals."

Dirt Meter: 6 (If more people saw these pictures, there would be a louder outcry against animal experimentation.)

Rick Scott

If you aren't a rich, white, heterosexual CEO with excellent health care, you probably won't like certain aspects of living in Rick Scott's Florida. That's because the governor-elect is against most gay-rights issues; his policies favor funneling money to the richest tax bracket; he's opposed to health-care reform; and he's said that he'd favor Arizona-style immigration laws, which call for police to stop anyone they suspect may be in this country illegally (especially if they speak Spanish).

In many ways, Scott epitomizes the filthy corporate executives responsible for so many of the problems in our country — the businessmen who've amassed such wealth that they can virtually purchase public office. Before he went into politics, Scott was chairman and CEO of Columbia/HCA, the nation's largest for-profit health-care corporation, during the time the company was responsible for the largest Medicare fraud case of all time. The corporation admitted to 14 felonies and agreed to pay more than $2 billion in settlements. Scott had to resign, but he didn't leave empty-handed: No, for leading the company during a time of such profitable fraud, he was rewarded with a parting gift of $300 million.

This year, he spent more than $70 million of his own money to become governor (and $20 million more on campaigns opposing health-care reform), appealing to frightened, angry Tea Partiers with populist issues and persuading tens of thousands of nonmillionaires to vote against their own best interests. But there's good news: At least ridiculously rich white businessmen finally have some representation in politics.

Dirt Meter: 9 (He also looks like Skeletor.)

John Goodman

Polo fans adore John Goodman because he put millions of dollars of his family's money into a posh local polo club popular among A-list celebrities like Madonna and Tommy Lee Jones. But until this year, few people outside of the polo community had ever heard of the Texas-born trust-fund heir credited with rescuing the "sport of kings" in Wellington. That all changed in February.

Goodman was driving his black Bentley convertible home from the bar around 1 a.m. when, police say, he ran a stop sign. He collided with a small Hyundai driven by 23-year-old engineering student Scott Wilson. The impact flipped the Hyundai out of the intersection and into the nearby canal. Goodman stumbled out of his car and began walking to a nearby farm. Meanwhile, the mangled Hyundai lay capsized in a drainage ditch, with Wilson still strapped in the driver's seat, drowning.

The polo mogul, who's been described in court documents as a coke addict and an alcoholic, didn't want to get in trouble. According to sheriff's investigators, Goodman "made no attempts to flag down any vehicles for help." He didn't call 911 until 54 minutes after the first witness reported the crash. By then, it was too late. Scott Wilson, who did not drink alcohol and often served as designated driver for his friends, was dead. Three hours later, Goodman's blood-alcohol level was still a hefty 0.177 percent.

Three months later, when Goodman was finally arrested (at the ritzy Four Seasons Hotel in Miami Beach), he was charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and failure to render aid. But he spent only a few hours in jail. He hired defense attorney Roy Black, famous for getting William Kennedy Smith acquitted of rape and Rush Limbaugh acquitted on charges of doctor-shopping for Oxycontin. Within hours, Black had Goodman released on bond. He pleaded not guilty, and his case is pending trial. If convicted, he could face 30 years in prison, but for the meantime, he's free to frequent swanky restaurants, spend his time in luxury hotels, fly back to Houston to see his family, and even see the occasional Miami Heat game.

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Michael J. Mooney

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