RE: UNITED STATES: John Ashcroft

Miles Seeley condemned John Ashcroft: A Justice Department lawyer who quit a year or so ago told us there has not been a single anti-trust suit brought during Ashcroft's tenure, despite the anti-trust division bringing up several for him to file. Randy Black disagrees: The record shows that while under the command of John Ashcroft, “The United States v. Smithfield, was filed Feb. 28, 2003, by the Antitrust Division of the DOJ for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. Smithfield is the nation’s largest hog producer and pork packer. Additionally, on Feb. 3, 2003, the DOJ obtained a consent decree from Gemstar-TV Guide, including $5.67 million in fines and penalties for violations of federal antitrust laws. Other actions brought by the DOJ under provisions of the three main antitrust laws, including the Sherman and the Clayton Acts? Let’s not forget the 2002 action against Computer Associates for illegal pre-merger coordination.. Echostar/ Direct TV merger was halted by DOJ antitrust division actions during 2003… the list goes on.  April 2004, against Reliant Resources of Texas for manipulating prices of electricity in California. The prosecution is the result of a 17-month investigation overseen by the U.S. Attorney's Office, with the assistance of Trial Attorneys from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice…

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