The Right got a BIG payoff today from their judicial appointments. $280 BILLION!
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Justice Department cannot seek $280 billion it alleges the tobacco industry earned through fraud, an enormous victory for American cigarette makers.
[. . .] The government has described the $280 billion as an estimate of money the companies earned illegally through fraudulent activities such as marketing to children and denying doing so.
THIS is what it is all about.
And what are the odds that the Bush administration will refuse to appeal?