Thursday, June 16, 2005

Tell Me More

WASHINGTON, June 15 - Senior Justice Department officials overrode the objections of career lawyers running the government's tobacco racketeering trial and ordered them to reduce the penalties sought at the close of the nine-month trial by $120 billion, internal documents and interviews show.

They have won the case against the tobacco companies but at the last moment they changed the amount from $130 billion to $10 billion. What’s going on? Is someone being paid off? The tobacco companies are the lowest of the low; immoral scum that deal in dangerous drugs. There is no defense for what they do and if that financial loss could hurt them in any way, we should go after it, certainly not pull back. Now I just read this morning that the lawyers who were handling the case were told by their boss to scale back the demand. And who is his boss? Someone, higher up, made that decision and they should be able to justify it. But, their feeble and only attempt to justify the reduction is that it would comply with an adverse decision from an appellate court earlier this year. It doesn’t read as if they are working for us at all. A more thorough explanation is in order if we are to believe that it wasn’t politically motivated. Follow the money? Sounds like good advice…

A good place to begin would be at the office of Robert McCallum, Associate Attorney General. He's number 3 in the department. And he is also a former partner at the law firm of Alston & Bird, doing legal work for R.J. Reynolds. And he just happens to be a good friend of Bush and a former Skull & Bones member.

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