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  •  I haven't finished reading all of it but the fraud (7+ / 0-)

    allegation resulted from the lawyer composing a written statement from one of the plaintiffs who was illiterate. I had to stop at that point. The villagers are indigenous people and it's not hard to imagine the mentality of some in this country would make them barely human.  I know that reporting states fraud as if it was a fact and I have to read more.  Fraud sounds like there was no toxic waste or contamination which is obviously not the case.

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 08:02:57 PM PST

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    •  I have a vague recollection . . . (3+ / 0-)
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      of reading about some of the problems with the fraud allegations, but I haven't followed this case, so I can't really remember what it was all about.

      I wouldn't be surprised if Chevron had tried to make hay out of lawyers drafting statements for witnesses.  It's always easy to claim that some sleazy lawyer caused their problem.  Of course, it's entirely possible that many of the indigenous plaintiffs are illiterate (and some of them may not even speak Spanish for all I know), so someone would have to put down their statements in writing.

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 08:39:44 PM PST

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