US Loses Transcript Bid In $16M Bribery Case

Law360, New York (January 13, 2011, 2:22 PM EST) -- A federal judge has denied the U.S. government’s bid to obtain interview transcripts between an imprisoned contracting officer and a Kuwaiti corporation seeking to recover nearly $16 million for defense contracts it claimed were improperly canceled or mishandled.

In an order unsealed Tuesday, Judge Marian Blank Horn of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled that government attorneys weren’t entitled to secure through discovery verbatim transcripts of interviews between lawyers for Gulf Group General Enterprises Co. WLL and Major John Cockerham, a former Army contracting officer....
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