Contempt Finding against Babbitt Likely
Seper, Jerry, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
A federal judge is expected to hold Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt in contempt for failing to turn over Indian trust records in a lawsuit within the next few days, officials close to the case said yesterday.
U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth, who ordered contempt hearings in January in a suit claiming mismanagement of Indian trust funds by the Interior Department, is angry that Mr. Babbitt failed over a two-year period to produce trust fund records, canceled checks and other documents demanded by the court.
The judge has sought records and other materials involving more than 300,000 individual accounts and 2,000 tribal accounts managed by the department, …
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Publication information: Article title: Contempt Finding against Babbitt Likely. Contributors: Seper, Jerry - Author. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: February 19, 1999. Page number: 5. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 1999 Gale Group.
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