A federal judge questioned Wednesday what was behind the government's decision to slash a stop-smoking program, one of the penalties recommended in a racketeering suit against cigarette makers. The government asked Judge Gladys Kessler on Tuesday to require the companies to fund a $10 billion program -- a fraction of the $130 billion suggested by a government witness. The DOJ said the reduced program could be expanded, but Kessler suggested other influences may be impacting the government's action.
Judge Questions Decision to Slash Penalties in Suit Against Cigarette Makers
The Associated Press
June 9, 2005