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GoBlue Donating Member (930 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 04:34 AM
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OBN: Was the Fix In?
Published on Monday, December 18, 2000
Was the Fix In?
New White House Counsel Accused of Favoritism for Cheney's Halliburton

by Nathan Newman

This Sunday, December 17th, Bush nominated Alberto Gonzales, a man Bush put on the Texas Supreme Court in 1999, to be the new White House Counsel. Yet Justice Gonzales has been a focus of ethical controversy in Texas, with the organization Texans for Public Justice noting that Gonzales like other Texas Supreme Court Justices have taken large amounts of money from the Cheney-run Halliburton companies, then ruled in favor of the company in cases that came before the Court.

Cheney's Halliburton corporation, through its executives and its separate subsidiaries, was the second-largest corporate contributor to Texas Supreme Court races in the last three election cycles, contributing over $79,000 to the Justices. Five times in the past seven years, cases involving Halliburton have come before the Texas Supreme Court, and each time the Court has either ruled for the company or refused to hear an appeal of a favorable verdict for the firm from a lower court.

In 1999, a Halliburton employee had won a $2.6 million trial verdict due to allegations that a company supervisor framed him to test positive for cocaine, only to see the verdict overturned by a Texas Court of Appeals. Just before the Texas Supreme Court ruled on the case, Halliburton gave a number of contributions to the Justices, including $3000 to Alberto Gonzales. None of the Justices recused themselves from the case and the Court refused to hear the appeal against Halliburton. ...

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ogradda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 04:41 AM
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1. pretty blatant aren't they?
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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 05:03 AM
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2. Don't you just love how corporatism works?
I think the reason why it's becoming so blatent with the cronyism and the payoffs is as Jon Stewart once asserted: No one holds their feet to the fire, at least not anymore. The fact that the news media has become so corporatized most probably plays a part in building an illusion that is different from the cold, hard reality of things. No, they'd rather report on things such as Laci Peterson (no offense intended) and other sensationalistic stuff to get up the ratings in order to make more bucks on advertising than to go out and find the fucking truth.
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UL_Approved Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 05:10 AM
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3. This needs to be brought up again
This is 2000 news, but it is more relevant today than it was then. This exposure could be handy in getting this taken down.
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