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Quis custodiat custodies? Federal bankruptcy Judge George Bason has ruled that the Justice Department stole software developed by Inslaw Inc, Washington, and then attempted to drive the company out of business: he decided that the vendetta against Inslaw was driven by a former employee, one C Madison Brewer III, fired by the firm who then went to work for Justice and was in charge of the Inslaw contract; Inslaw developed a package called Promis to track cases in US Attorneys’ offices but had to file for bankruptcy in 1985 after Justice stopped payment on an enhanced version, Case Management System; neverthless, Justice continued to used the advanced version – and the Department indulged in an outrageous, deceitful, fraudulent game of cat and mouse to destroy the firm, declared Judge Bason, who is clearly seldom at loss for a word or two.

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