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Justice Department / Inslaw Contract Scandal #321108

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 10, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Lesley Stahl's Friday report with regard to Justice Department's alleged plot to bankrupt Inslaw Incorporated so Attorney General Edwin Meese's friends could have bus. recalled. Report introduced.

(Los Angeles, California: Lesley Stahl) Justice Department cover-up reported being investigated. Background information with regard to case given. Inslaw's attorney Lee Ratiner reported approaching another attorney in firm, E. Robert Wallach, with regard to out-of-court settlement. [RATINER - comments on Wallach's stmts.] Meese reported admitting discussed case with powerful partner in Ratiner's firm, Leonard Garment. [Judge George BASON, Junior- comments on Ratiner's dismissal.] Ratiner quoted on screen. Inslaw, Incorporated owner, Bill Hamilton, quoted re: subsequent events. [HAMILTON - comments on receiving letter from firm called Dickstein, Shapiro and Morin ordering him to give them authority to settle case.] [BASON - comments on Dickstein, Shapiro's actions.] Firm spokesperson quoted on screen. [Hamilton's advisor Elliot RICHARDSON - comments on situation.] Hamilton noted engaging new attorney [BASON - comments on mass perjury.] Ex-Justice Department official, Cornelius Blackshire, reported swearing in deposition that boss pressured him to force Inslaw into liquidation. Blackshire noted changing story next day. Bason quoted with regard to change in story. Blackshire's boss, Thomas Stanton noted denying ex-empl.'s story. Justice Department memo quoted on screen. [Stanton's deputy Anthony BACCIUTO - says was forced to lie on stand and that cover-up started in Attorney General's ofc.] Bason's ruling quoted on screen; Justice Department officials noted appealing. IRS (Internal Revenue Service) reported demanding that Hamilton pay back taxes. [HAMILTON - comments on intimidation.] Bason's appointed noted not renewed; details given. Bacciuto noted fired. Hamilton reported aided by IBM. Investigations listed on screen and discussed. Dr. Earl Bryan quoted with regard to Meese and Lowell Jensen.

Reporter(s):
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley
Duration:
00:07:00

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