30.Aug.2010 The Ledger: The New Accountability
$185 million is how much defective-body armor salesman and hardcore bling addict David H Brooks is on trial for having allegedly stolen through stock fraud. Newsday, the only paper to cover the Brooks trial with any regularity, reported last week on “discord” in the jury—suggesting a mistrial may be on the way. Jury tampering? It’s a possibility.
$1.6 billion is how much the US Missile Defense Agency plans to spend on “advisory and assistance services” in a round of contracts announced today. That’s more than one-tenth of the agency’s total budget. Evidently, the kind of advice that comes free isn’t what they want to hear.