Tobacco executive, prosecutor get testy
The chairman of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco on Monday refused to apologize to 500,000 sick Florida smokers who have sued his company in a landmark class-action lawsuit and ended up in a hostile exchange with their attorney over what the nation's second-largest
Andrew Schindler, the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based company's chief executive officer, grew so exasperated with attorney Stanley Rosenblatt's cross-examination that he sarcastically asked Rosenblatt what he thought his company should do to lower the health risk of smoking.
``Get rid of the product -- it's a killer,'' Rosenblatt snapped.
Schindler ridiculed Rosenblatt's proposed ``ban,'' suggesting he take it up with the state Legislature.