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Morales: sealed papers could show tobacco-suit misconduct



"Dan Morales, the former attorney general jailed for scheming to steal millions of dollars from Texas' tobacco settlement, says sealed court documents could show wrongdoing on the part of private lawyers who represented the state." (see Nov. 2 and links from there). Morales said a year ago that he believed the Big Five tobacco lawyers he hired may have breached their loyalty to the state in the course of taking home $3.3 billion in fees, and now says documents sealed as part of his criminal case would show such misconduct if made public. The documents were sealed by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks at the request of attorney Mike Tigar, representing the Five. "Also Friday, Marc Murr, a former Houston lawyer charged as a co-defendant to Morales, was sentenced to six months in federal prison. In October, Murr pleaded guilty to mail fraud." (Janet Elliott, "Morales urges probe of tobacco attorneys", Houston Chronicle, Dec. 20).

[cross-posted from Overlawyered, where it ran Dec. 20, 2003]

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