The car companies say their evidence needs to be shown in private to protect business secrets and "future product plans." If you're hoping for revealing hints on this front, then Sessions is on your side.
The Burlington Free Press says Sessions reaffirmed his open stance yesterday. Three Vermont auto dealerships, DaimlerChrysler Corp., General Motors Corp. and two trade groups originally brought the lawasuit, which is about whether states or the federal government has the right to regulate emissions. The auto industry says it's up to the feds. Vermont, New York and other groups say the states can make their own rules. The debate was stirred up by California's CO2 limits, about which more below.
The trial was supposed to start last week, but questions over the secrecy of the evidence pushed the start date back to April 9. We'll be watching.