Archive for September, 2004

The Mother of all Tobacco Wars?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

What many news outlets failed to note from yesterday’s session was the Defense’s intention to launch a full-bore offensive against the science of secondhand smoke, including the 1993 EPA report.
The Defense, in response to DOJ’s claim that the conspiracy continues today against the science of secondhand smoke, will come fully armed with:
– the controversial Enstrom/Kabat […]

2nd Day, Post Session

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

5:30 PM
At the end of the session today, Judge Kessler said she was going to address the lawyers about a “procedural” matter. She made it sound uninteresting, so many people left. Those who stayed were richly rewarded with some of the most interesting byplay of the day.
Kessler was apparently displeased about receiving from the Defense […]

industry defense: we’ve changed, and those Philip Morris ads

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

Tobacco industry defense in a nutshell: we didn’t do it, and we promise not to do it again.
Of course, what Philip Morris’s high-priced lawyers actually said: we didn’t do it, at least in the way you said, and we’re unlikely to do such things in the future. Doesn’t that come out better sounding? […]

2nd Day, Morning Session

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

Ted Wells, Co-counsel for Philip Morris presented the defense’s core theme: that such profound change has occurred in the industry over the few years that there is NO likelihood of future violations.
If you look at how the industry communicates today,he said, is it in a fraudulent manner or not? The industry says, quite clearly, […]

First Two Weeks of Testimonies

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

Testimony of David Kessler
Testimony of Allan Brandt
Testimony of Dr. Jonathan Samet, Volume 1
Testimony of Dr. Jonathan Samet, Volume 2
Testimony of Arthur Stevens [link removed]
Testimony of Robert Northrip [link removed]

IF YOU GO . . .

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

The DOJ trial is being held at:
E. Barrett Prettyman US Courthouse
333 Constitution Avennue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Room #19 (6th floor)…
To get there:
By Taxi:
Judiciary Square., 3rd and Constitution
Be sure to tell the cabbie you want the FEDERAL court, because the municipal court is nearby.
By Metro:
Take the Red Line to the Judiciary Square station (or […]

First Day Impressions

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

All in all, the DOJ’s presentation seemed like a Microsoft product. Lumbering and bloated, it seemed to be doing an enormous number of things that it really didn’t need to be doing right now. They seemed to be hiding the forest behind the trees. Too many documents were brought up to illustrate too many non-essential […]

why this trial? why now?

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

I bet a lot of people are saying sure, the tobacco industry are lying scum, but why this trial? Why now?

Live court report from Gene

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

The Government presented the first part of its case this morning as it began to delineate what it called the ’seven pillars of the overarching scheme to defraud.’ It enumerated the pillars as follows:
1. The adverse health effects of cigarettes and of secondhand smoke
2. The myth of the independent […]

Press Information Sheet

Monday, September 20th, 2004

Beginning trial date - September 21, 2004
Courtroom #20 (Ceremonial Courtroom), 6th floor - Opening Statements - September 21 & 22
Courtroom #19, 6th floor - September 23 through conclusion ofthe trial
Building hours - The John Marshall Park entrance opens at 8:00 a.m. Access to […]