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Cobell historical accounting briefs due in court


Update: Cobell Briefs: Conclusions of Law | Findings of Fact
DOJ Brief: Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.

Today is the deadline for the Cobell plaintiffs and the federal government to submit their final briefs in the historical accounting trial.

Judge James Robertson heard 10 full days of testimony in October. He wants to determine how much Indian account holders have, or haven't, been paid for the use of their land.

According to a court order, both parties are to address the following issues: the background/development of the Bush administration's 2007 historical accounting plan, the scope of the plan, the exclusions of the plan, the cost of the accounting and the "throughput" -- or the total amount of money that has passed through the trust.

Robertson also said the parties could address other issues in their proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law.

The Cobell plaintiffs say an accounting is impossible due to missing records, destroyed documents and inaccurate computer systems. The Bush administration wants to follow its plan without interference from the court.

Trial Transcripts:
Day 1 AM | Day 1 PM | Day 2 AM | Day 2 PM | Day 3 AM | Day 3 PM | Day 4 AM | Day 4 PM | Day 5 AM | Day 5 PM | Day 6 AM | Day 6 PM | Day 7 AM | Day 7 PM | Day 8 AM | Day 8 PM | Day 9 AM | Day 9 PM | Day 10 AM | Day 10 PM

Trial Order:
Cobell v. Kempthorne (April 20,2007)

Relevant Links:
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Kempthorne - http://www.indiantrust.com
Cobell v. Norton, Department of Justice - http://www.usdoj.gov/civil/cases/cobell/index.htm

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