After all three networks concentrated last week on the Justice Department and its US Attorneys, only CBS picked up the story broken by The Washington Post about Sharon Eubanks, its litigator in a civil lawsuit against Big Tobacco. Bob Schieffer obtained an Exclusive with Eubanks, a career prosecutor who left the Justice Department of her own accord rather than being fired. Eubanks revealed how she was ordered "to go easy on tobacco companies" by Bush Administration appointees. She accused them of telling her to slash her request for damages from $130bn to $10bn; they dictated her closing argument for her; they had her withdraw a demand to have top tobacco executives fired; and they told key witnesses to change their testimony.
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