Probe Scuttled: A three-year inquiry ends

A three-year inquiry ends

It was a marathon effort: federal investigators had sifted for three years through 45,000 documents and grilled more than 120 witnesses. But only a four- page press release was needed last week to scuttle the Justice Department's inquiry into charges that General Dynamics had falsified information in the 1970s about delivery dates and multimillion-dollar cost overruns on Trident and Los Angeles-class nuclear submarines. Citing the "absence of any reasonable prospect of a successful prosecution," the Justice Department dropped its investigation into the actions of employees of the firm, including then Chairman David Lewis, 69. Said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Victoria Toensing:...