Judiciary: Meese's Friend In New Trouble

Meese's Friend In New Trouble

In the summer of 1981, California State Judge Eugene Lynch asked San Francisco Attorney E. Robert Wallach to talk to his good friend Edwin Meese, then White House Counsellor, about helping the judge get an appointment to the federal bench. Wallach says it was "likely" that he did so. At a hearing on Sept. 17 of that year, Lynch orally approved a payment of $1 million to Wallach's law firm as its part of a $1.74 million out-of-court settlement won by the firm for two girls who had been badly burned in a tent fire. The following January Lynch was chosen...

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