Ex-EPA Chief Fights 9/11 Liability Claims

Law360, New York (December 11, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Lawyers argued on Monday that holding former EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman liable for telling New Yorkers that the air was safe post-Sept. 11, 2001, would set a precedent that could scare government officials into keeping quiet rather than risk saying the wrong thing in the wake of future disasters.

“The consequence would be a default silence,” Department of Justice attorney Alisa Klein said in a hearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Dow Jones News reported. “If you speak, you will...
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