Former Attorney General John Ashcroft has agreed to testify before Congress on a lucrative no-bid government contract. Under the deal Ashcroft’s consulting firm would receive as much as $52 million dollars to monitor out-of-court settlements between prosecutors and corporations. Ashcroft was awarded the contract by New Jersey’s top federal prosecutor, Christopher Christie. Ashcroft was Christie’s boss during his stint as Attorney General.
Supreme Court to Rule on Exxon Oil Spill Damages
The Supreme Court is expected to hear opening statements today in a near twenty-year battle over the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Exxon is appealing a ruling ordering it to pay two-point-five-billion dollars in damages to Alaskan residents affected by the spill. Two years ago the company won a ruling halving the initial five billion dollar claim. In Washington Tuesday, Alaska governor Sarah Palin accused Exxon of corporate negligence.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin: “That more than 32,000 Americans have suffered and continue to suffer from the devastating effects of the worst oil spill in our nation’s history. As the high court prepares to hear oral arguments in the is case, I’m going to remind them that it was almost 19 years ago that the Exxon Valdez tanker struck that reef, spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil on 1300 miles
of Alaska’s majestic, resource rich coastline.”
Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito has excused himself from the hearings because he owns ExxonMobil stock.