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OP/ED: Money Does Buy You Justice In America

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posted on Dec, 16 2005 @ 10:13 AM
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Yesterday, there was a landmark ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court dismissed a lower court's ruling that would have cost tobbacco maker Phillip-Morris over $10 Billion for misleading smokers that they were safer smoking "light" versus regular or unfiltered. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the state did not have rights to sue since the Federal Trade Commission had authorized cigarette makers to characterize their products as Light or Low Tar. Now it comes to light that the judge who cast the deciding vote recieved campaign funds of $16800 from the law firm representing the tobacco companies and another $1.2 million from a group that files the amicus brief that supported the cigarette makers. Judge Judge Lloyd Karmeier niether recused himself nor did anyone suggest to him that he should since there it is easy to come to the conclusion that money can and does influence how justice is dealt.
 



www.chicagotribune.com
Lawyers for Philip Morris USA contributed $16,800 to help elect a judge who cast a deciding vote in Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court decision favoring the tobacco giant.

The judge also received $1.2 million in campaign money from a group that filed an amicus brief supporting the cigarette-maker.

Yet no one suggested that Judge Lloyd Karmeier recuse himself from a closely watched case in which he voted with three others to strike down a $10.1 billion judgment, handing a huge victory to Philip Morris.

For better or worse, in states where judges are elected, they inevitably decide cases in which their deep-pocketed campaign donors have important interests. The Philip Morris case, the biggest verdict in Illinois history, underscores the stakes.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


The following is a list of the law firms that represented the tobacco giant and how much they contributed to Karmeier's campaign funds:

Three law firms that represented Philip Morris were campaign donors: Winston & Strawn LLP contributed $10,000, according to state Board of Elections records. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP donated $5,000, and Burroughs, Hepler, Broom, MacDonald, Herbrank & True LLP contributed $1,800.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, which also filed an amicus brief in support of Philip Morris, contributed $269,338, according to the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

This is another strong case that demonstrates very well that money does buy you justice in America. It also shows how the Supreme Court, in this case, the Supreme Court of Illinois does not support the American citizen. The Supreme Court supports big buisness and the goverment and the consumer beware.

If anyone reviews the tobacco ads of the 70's, 80's 90's and yes even in the new Millenium, these ads are a clear cut case of false advertising as the ads promote the "light" and Low-tar" cigarettes as being less dangerous than regular cigarettes. The marketing of the Light or Low-Tar cigarettes were a marketing ploy to win back smokers who were starting to become more health-conscious and were starting to quit the habit. By marketing these low-tar light cigarettes as a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes leading the American consumer to falsely believe that these brands of tobacco products were healthier for them and thus would not have to quit.


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[edit on 12-16-2005 by Valhall]




posted on Dec, 16 2005 @ 03:40 PM
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[edit on 2005/12/16 by GradyPhilpott]



posted on Dec, 16 2005 @ 04:30 PM
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Dear Submitter,

I fixed your title problem for you, so it should upgrade just fine when it gets enough member votes.

Also, I did a little format editing as it seems the text editor you were using kind of through spacing off. Didn't change any wording, just cleaned up the spacing problem.

Regards,
Val.



posted on Dec, 16 2005 @ 08:07 PM
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You know its up to the citizens to strike down corrupt officials like this. Just as prison is used as an example for criminals and their crimes, public beatings and house burnings should be an example used against corrupt officials for their crimes.

Perhaps we should begin organizing our militias soon.



posted on Dec, 16 2005 @ 08:36 PM
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Originally posted by DYepes
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Perhaps we should begin organizing our militias soon.


Unfortunately, we, as a society have become so docile, and uncaring, that if the government promises to fix stuff and not interrupt our lifestyles, you won't see many militias getting formed or being useful in any way.



posted on Dec, 16 2005 @ 08:46 PM
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It'a all about the greed of those who are elected to office, and if you don't take the bribe there is a serious chance you won't be elected. So to be surprised about this outcome with the Phillip Morrison tobacco company is really naive.

Once a bribed official gets elected that is it, you are in their pockets, and you sit up and take notice when they tell you to do something.



posted on Dec, 16 2005 @ 08:54 PM
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What is really surprising is this is still considered to be news.

The fact is the rules of the American power game allow, encourage, and facilitate the purchasing of justice and political representation. If you want to change the behavior, change the rules.

But you better have lots of money, or you will lose.



posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 06:41 AM
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You are all correct to an extent.
We as a people have become a complacent, "go with the flow" people.
When issues like this as well as the recent Federal Supreme Court ruling in regards to Emmineny Domain, We need to get the information out to the rest of the population. Awaken them to the dangers that are jepordizing their freedoms. Once the word is out, and the people are shakened, then and only then can we take back our freedoms, our rights, and yes if necessary, our goverment.



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