Exactly what is Google afraid of?
During Eric Schmidt’s Senate antitrust subcommittee hearing in 2011, a strange thing happened–Eric Schmidt refused to answer under oath on the advice of counsel when Senator John Cornyn–formerly of the Texas Supreme Court–asked questions about Google’s then-recent non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. While he didn’t give the usual catechism of “taking the 5th” around the answer, he definitely refused to answer on the advice of counsel. And when you’re testifying before the U.S. Senate, invoking your right to refuse to answer on the advice of counsel pretty much has one meaning.
So it’s not surprising that Google is now trying to block Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s investigation into the self same “plea bargain” that Google struck with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for which Google paid $500,000,000 of the stockholders money and for which Google is currently being sued by its stockholders.
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