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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Noel Francisco
Tobacco companies are urging a federal judge to reject the government's proposed industry-financed corrective statements, calling them "forced public confessions."
The free-speech rights of tobacco companies are improperly restricted by a federal law giving the Food and Drug Administration sweeping regulatory powers over the industry, an attorney for the tobacco companies told a federal-judge panel Wednesday.
"This is not and has never been the law" said Noel Francisco, a lawyer for Bob McDonnell.
Setting up meetings between Williams and state officials and hosting a reception for Williams at the Executive Mansion do not count as official acts, Francisco argued.