The Justice Department vs. the Rule of Law

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Today the Supreme Court declined to review a D.C. Circuit ruling that crippled the federal government's lawsuit against the leading tobacco companies by preventing the Justice Department from seeking $280 billion in "ill-gotten gains." The appeals court noted that the provision of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act under with the DOJ is suing does not permit such "disgorgement." The government's other major rationale for demanding money from cigarette makers–the cost of treating smoking-related diseases under Medicare–also failed for lack of statutory authority. The Justice Department seems bent on taking the law out of lawsuit.

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  1. I wonder how much us taxpayers are forking over for these idiots’ salaries, so that they can sit around all day and scour the US Code for various footholds in their quest to steal money from “evil tabacky”.

    Ill-gotten gains? Sheeit. How is it that they can be so brazen as to conflate “corruption and racketeering” with “selling a product that isn’t good for you”, and not get laughed out of a job?

  2. yet they upheld the Kilo decision.

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