Kagan recusal could swing anti-tobacco lawsuit

06/14/2010 | Google

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's work as solicitor general would disqualify her from hearing a case over a federal racketeering lawsuit against cigarette makers. The recusal -- one of 11 Kagan would most likely have to make during her first term on the bench -- could make it harder for the government to secure five votes in favor of letting the government go after the tobacco industry for almost $300 billion.

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