Month: October 2006

Tobacco case goes up in smoke

A case before the Supreme Court that was expected to be a major test of the constitutionality of punitive damage awards, Philip Morris v. Williams, instead fizzled out as the issue narrowed to the meaning of a jury instruction that

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Safavian sentenced

Safavian’s voice cracked and his wife wept as he asked for leniency, but Judge Paul L. Friedman showed little sympathy as he sentenced him to 18 months in prison for obstruction of justice.  

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Developer not guilty of bribery

A DC jury yesterday aquitted developer Doug Jemal and two other officers of his company, Douglas Development Corp., of conspiracy and bribery.  Jemal was found guilty of a lesser charge of wire fraud. A posting on the trial from my

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David Safavian, the former GSA chief of staff and OMB official who stood trial this summer and was found guilty of obstructing justice and making false statements about his relationship with lobbyist Jack Abramoff, is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow.

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