johnboy
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Bush Appointees Interfered In Tobacco Case

Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:56 pm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...le/2007/03/21/AR2007032102713.html

In a nutshell, a retired prosecutor accuses Bush-appointed Justice Department officials of undercutting a successful prosecution of Big Tobacco, reducing penalty to $10 billion from $130 billion.

"Political interference is happening at Justice across the department," she said. "When decisions are made now in the Bush attorney general's office, politics is the primary consideration. . . . The rule of law goes out the window."


I would say let the games begin, but in light of Subpoenagate, let's just say "adding more fuel to the fire."
 
halls120
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RE: Bush Appointees Interfered In Tobacco Case

Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:09 pm

Quoting Johnboy (Thread starter):
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...le/2007/03/21/AR2007032102713.html

In a nutshell, a retired prosecutor accuses Bush-appointed Justice Department officials of undercutting a successful prosecution of Big Tobacco, reducing penalty to $10 billion from $130 billion.

"Political interference is happening at Justice across the department," she said. "When decisions are made now in the Bush attorney general's office, politics is the primary consideration. . . . The rule of law goes out the window."


I would say let the games begin, but in light of Subpoenagate, let's just say "adding more fuel to the fire."

As a current career DOJ prosecutor, who is neither a republican or democrat, let me be the first to call  redflag  to the above.

First, if you read the entire article, you will see that her allegations were previously reviewed and rejected by OPR.

Second, her claims that political influence is happening across the Department is overblown hyperbole and largely false. Here's why her unsupported claims ought to be rejected on their face. Tthere are several thousand DOJ employees in DC, divided up into six major divisions and two dozen smaller offices of varying size, in at least a dozen buildings scattered around DC. To think that one former line prosecutor knows what is going on "across the Department" is laughable at best. I know what is going on in my Section, which is one of 15 in my particular Division, and I wouldn't want to publicly say I know about everything that is going on in my Division, much less the entire department. And I'm in management.

Third, political considerations - to a degree - take place in every administration's Justice Department. I was personally aware of a decision not to take action back in the Reno-led department that was ENTIRELY based on political considerations. But to say that the rule of law has been abandoned is complete and utter BS.
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ltbewr
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RE: Bush Appointees Interfered In Tobacco Case

Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:37 pm

I think this is something that should be investigated. Part of that should include on how Big Tobacco spent many millions on Bush's and many other politicians campaigns to try to influence a change in this case.
There may have been another reason for the collapse of that case to a $10 Billion settlement. Some states Attorney Generals also supported a huge reduction from the proposed $130 Billion judgement upon the tobacco co's in this case. They feared that it might ruin the settlement reached several years ago from the tobacco co's in their multi state lawsuits, where the tobacco co's are paying over $200 Billion over 20+ years to state governments treasuries.
 
halls120
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RE: Bush Appointees Interfered In Tobacco Case

Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:04 pm

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2):
I think this is something that should be investigated.

It was investigated by the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility. And the claims of political interference were found to be unsupported.

This is nothing more than a political witch hunt.

If you think that the democrats won't make prosecutorial deicisions that favor their supporters once they retake the White House, I have a bridge to sell you.
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