"The Ethical Pollution of Buying Justice"

October 26, 2018

Investigative journalist and columnist John Solomon said in an op-ed in The Hill that the recent lawsuit against Exxon was driven by an outside-funded lawyer working in the New York State attorney general’s office.

One of the pages in the lawsuit lists a “special assistant attorney general” as one of the prosecutors. The prosecutor, Solomon says, is being paid by the New York University’s State Energy and Environmental Impact Center, which was established with a $6 million grant from Michael Bloomberg’s charity, instead of the state government. According to Solomon, Bloomberg has publicly spoken about suing energy companies over the effects of climate change.

Solomon says the program’s influence on the state’s attorney general office “pollutes the ethical integrity and independence of the law enforcement agencies it funded.”