August 17, 2006
Judge to Tobacco: "Admit you lied."
In a ruling that -- at least from the press coverage -- sounds rather a lot like a parent confronting a dishonest child -- Judge Kessler ruled today in favor, sort of, of the government in its RICO suit against the tobacco industry. Damages are apparently absent, but the forced admissions could be significant, to put it mildly, in future fraud claims.
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Where to start? Law stopped being noble when it started being profit driven... just as medicine did.
but we do have this duty of loyalty to our clients. would I choose a corporate client so corrupt? heck no-- but that is a personal moral choice--and has not one thing to do with the nobility or lack thereof of my calling. I don't think many corporations today are places integrity, but no one eexcoriates the legal profession for being inhouse at XYZ Corp.
In any case, we have FAR bigger problems than this, alas.
Posted by: Carroll Straus | Sep 1, 2006 2:21:51 PM