US District Judge Emmet Sullivan said that given the volume of materials provided by the DOJ to Congress on a yearly basis, the DOJ should have promptly responded to the document requests. Sullivan also ruled that McCallum must submit to deposition requests in the case, which will hinder his nomination as ambassador to Australia, which has been blocked by Sen. Rick Durbin [Reuters report] pending the outcome of an investigation [JURIST report] by the DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility into allegations of improper conduct in the decision to reduce damages sought in the tobacco case. AP has more.
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