Justice Department fights order to release ADM tapes
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) _ The Justice Department wants to fight a judge’s order that it release some of the undercover tape recordings made in the investigation of price-fixing allegations against Archer Daniels Midland Co.
In a motion filed Tuesday, the department asked U.S. District Judge Michael H. Mihm for permission to appeal his order.
The tapes, made secretly by a former ADM executive, were requested by lawyers for several food companies and soft-drink bottlers that buy high-fructose corn syrup.
Those companies are suing ADM and several other makers of corn syrup over the price-fixing allegations.
In late February, Mihm ordered the government to give certain tapes from the government’s criminal investigation to lawyers for both sides in the civil case.
The government contends that disclosure could compromise grand jury investigations of some of the civil defendants.
The tapes involved in the judge’s order previously had been shared with an ADM committee in the government’s successful bid to persuade the company to plead guilty to price-fixing charges.
Last week, Mihm rejected another bid to suppress the tapes. That attempt was on behalf of two former ADM executives who are awaiting trial on separate price-fixing charges involving the livestock feed additive lysine.