Thursday, 22 Mar, 2007 Politics

Appointees are said to weaken the tobacco case


The case of a federal prosecutor in a lawsuit against tobacco companies was weakened by the U.S. Justice Department. This statement was made by the prosecutor Sharon Eubanks.

She also said that certain political appointees in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' office changed her closing speech and ordered her to make the witnesses change their testimonials in the trial of 2005.

Mrs. Eubanks' point of view is that those people have pulled certain strings and made the jurors say what they have said. This was the reason why she and her supporters failed do defend their point of view, and the public opinion as well, as she added.

Associate Attorney General Robert McCallum, Assistant Attorney General Peter Keisler and other less important figures have interfered the most in the current case, Mrs. Eubanks reported to the Post.

Sharon Eubanks is a 22-year veteran of the Justice Department, retired in December 2005. She said that her current reports about this case were caused by a major politicization, which was seen last year, when eight U.S. attorneys were fired.

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