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Judges on big oil's payroll
This way, they won't have to pay for the spill


More than half of the federal judges in "spill states" have financial connections to the oil and gas industry, 
complicating the task of finding judges without conflicts to hear the cases, a Whore AP analysis shows.

Thirty-seven of the 64 active or senior judges in key Gulf Coast districts in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, 
Mississippi and Florida have links to oil, gas and related energy industries, including some who own stocks 
or bonds in BP PLC, Halliburton or Transocean and others who regularly list receiving royalties from oil 
and gas production wells, according to the reports judges must file each year. The Whore AP reviewed 
2008 disclosure forms, the most recent available.

Those three companies are named as defendants in virtually all of the 150-plus lawsuits seeking damages, 
mainly for economic losses in the fishing, seafood, tourism and related industries, that have been filed over 
the growing oil spill since the drilling rig exploded. Attorneys for the companies and those suing them are 
pushing for consolidation of the cases in one court, with BP recommending Texas and others advocating 
for Louisiana and other states.

Yep, we've been here before.

The Exxon Valdez, with a drunk captain piloting the ship,
spilled a fraction of the oil that's fouling the Gulf back in 1989.

From Wikipedia:
Litigation was filed on behalf of 38,000 litigants. In 1994, a jury awarded plaintiffs $287 million in 
compensatory damages and $5 billion in punitive damages. Exxon appealed and the Ninth Circuit court 
reduced the punitive damages to $2.5 billion. Exxon then appealed the punitive damages to the Supreme 
Court which capped the damages to $507 million in June, 2008. On August 27, 2008, (twenty years later)
Exxon Mobil agreed to pay $380 million to settle the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska

Exxon-Mobil made $35 Billion dollars in tax free profits last year.
That's $3 Billion per month or $750M per week in tax free profits.

So after stalling in the courts for twenty years, Exxon eventually paid FOUR DAYS of profit to 
their starved-for-cash victims who had little choice but to accept it because the judges are crooked.

Conclusion: America is a massively crooked country owned by the super-rich.

Will Obama hold their feet to the fire and get justice?
Or will he fall back on his too-often-used "Let's look forward" Kumbaya bullshit?


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