CUTE MEET: DOJ, Tobacco CEOs, Lawyers, Mediators Meet with Kessler

June 20, 2005 12:00 pm by Gene Borio

updated Jun 21, 2005, 9:13 AM for Lewinsky reference.

In by 10, out by noon.

Technically, no reporter saw the meeting, but you could make a strongly reasonable inference that these people, who were verifiably there, took part in a meeting with Judge Kessler:

DOJ
Sharon Eubanks
Stephen Brody

PHILIP MORRIS/ALTRIA
Philip Morris USA CEO Michael Szymanczyk
Altria Vice President and Associate General Counsel William Ohlemeyer
Outside attorneys Dan Webb, Pat Schwarzschild and Michael York
Philip Morris VP of Communications John Sorrells

REYNOLDS AMERICAN
RAI CEO Judith Ivey
RAI General Counsel Charles Blixt
RAI Outside Counsel Robert McDermott

VECTOR
Oustide attorney Aaron Marks

ALTRIA/BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LTD. /BROWN & WILLIAMSON TOBACCO CORPORATION/LORILLARD /TI
Outside attorney Richard Cassetta (unverified)

PLUS
Reportedly, mediators

PLUS
Philip Morris USA’s VP of Press Wranglement Mike York, who entertained reporters while the action occurred elsewhere.

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The CEOs were apparently advised by Judge Kessler to use the back entrance of the Prettyman Courthouse, the SWAT-securable entrance usually reserved for only the most hardened, dangerous criminals.

A courtroom insider was shocked. “That’s never supposed to happen,” the insider said. “Even Monica had to use the side entrance.”

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