Thursday, February 16, 2006

George Bush halts investigation, but it won’t go away

Funeralgate - GW Halted Investigation into Corpse Abuse

"Funeralgate" is the name given to a scandal involving George W. Bush and family campaign contributor Robert Waltrip, owner of Service Corporation International, the largest funeral home company in the world.

In 1999, Bush was subpoenaed but refused to testify in a lawsuit filed against the state of Texas and SCI by Eliza May, former director of the Texas Funeral Service Commission, who claimed that she was fired when she refused to quit investigating SCI despite pressure from Bush and his then Chief of Staff Joe Allbaugh.

Harry Whittington, was named presiding officer of the Funeral Service Commission after a major shakeup of the agency in 1999. His board reluctantly agreed to pay $50,000 as part of the settlement to end the two year-old Funeralgate case. [2]

In February 2006, Whittington was shot in the face by Vice President Dick Cheney in an apparent hunting accident.


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