U.S. Will Not Retry Whistleblower Case

The Department of Justice yesterday told U.S. District Judge John D. Bates that it will not try again to sue the watchdog group Project on Government Oversight for sharing $400,000 of a $1.2 million whistleblower settlement with Richard A . Bearman, a government economist at the time, for exposing oil companies’ underpayment of royalties to the government 14 years ago. The government argued the payment violated a federal ban on supplementing the salary of an executive branch employee, but the jurors split 7-1, causing the judge to declare a mistrial.