As the saying goes, denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. Here’s an e-mail from AG Hood’s media office this morning:
Just wanted to note that General Hood has been on record (more than once) as saying the ONLY thing under seal in the federal case, State Farm v. Hood, is matters related to the state’s criminal investigation of State Farm. The federal judge ordered that information to be protected. There is no "settlement". The only reason it is referred to as such is because the details of the Attorney General’s criminal investigation needed to to be protected. The case was dismissed because the allegations were false.
Say what? Here’s a copy of Judge Bramlette’s order dismissing the case, which includes this passage:
The Court further finds that, based on a confidential settlement agreement between the parties, which shall remain under seal, this case shall be dismissed with prejudice. The Court retains jurisdiction to enforce the settlement agreement
No settlement? Someone forgot to tell the judge. Here Hood seems determined to cast himself as a modern version of Lt. Col. Henry Blake in MASH, signing whatever Radar puts in front of him while having no clue what it says. Remember the episode where Radar wanted to save an Easter lamb from being eaten, and got Blake to authorize leave to Iowa for "Pvt. Charles Lamb?" When he later realized what he had done, Blake said in amazement: "I just signed a pass for a sheep." You think that day will come for Hood?