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The Impeachment Of President Clinton: An Ugly Mix Of Three Powerful Forces, Karen A. Popp Apr 2000

The Impeachment Of President Clinton: An Ugly Mix Of Three Powerful Forces, Karen A. Popp

Law and Contemporary Problems

Popp argues that the 1998-99 impeachment debacle resulted in large part from an ugly mix of three extremely powerful forces--an independent counsel who abused his virtually unlimited power; extreme congressional partisanship that was motivated by the desire to gain control of the government; and media outlets that continuously sought to profit from the sensationalism of it all and consistently flouted standards of professional journalism along the way.


The Independent Counsel Statute: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed, Herbert J. Miller Jr., John P. Elwood Jan 1999

The Independent Counsel Statute: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed, Herbert J. Miller Jr., John P. Elwood

Law and Contemporary Problems

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The Independent Counsel Statute: A Legal History, Benjamin J. Priester, Paul G. Rozelle, Mirah A. Horowitz Jan 1999

The Independent Counsel Statute: A Legal History, Benjamin J. Priester, Paul G. Rozelle, Mirah A. Horowitz

Law and Contemporary Problems

Priester et al provide a comprehensive legal history of the independent counsel statute from its inception in 1978 until its apparent last hurrah in 1999. They also explore the role of the independent counsel in the history and practice of the government's evidentiary privileges.


Can The Independent Counsel Statute Be Saved?, Katy J. Harriger Jan 1999

Can The Independent Counsel Statute Be Saved?, Katy J. Harriger

Law and Contemporary Problems

The independent counsel provisions of the Ethics in Government Act face an uncertain future. Harriger argues that the statute in its current form meets virtually none of the goals Congress intended in 1978 and that the statute should be substantially revised in an effort to minimize the costs and maximize the benefits.


Putting Law And Politics In The Right Places — Reforming The Independent Counsel Statute, Christopher H. Schroeder Jan 1999

Putting Law And Politics In The Right Places — Reforming The Independent Counsel Statute, Christopher H. Schroeder

Law and Contemporary Problems

The fundamental flaw in the independent counsel statute consists of its attempt to convert a political decision, the decision whether to refer to a case of public corruption to an investigator outside normal prosecutorial offices, into a legal one. When the Independent Counsel Reauthorization Act of 1994 expires on Jun 30, 1999, it should not be reenacted unless this flaw is eliminated.


The Independent Counsel Statute And Questions About Its Future, Orrin G. Hatch Jan 1999

The Independent Counsel Statute And Questions About Its Future, Orrin G. Hatch

Law and Contemporary Problems

Despite the divergence of opinion regarding the Ethics in Government Act, it appears there is a growing public consensus that the Act is genuinely and seriously flawed. Whether these flaws can be corrected is in serious doubt.


Independent Counsel And Vigorous Investigation And Prosecution, William Michael Treanor Jan 1998

Independent Counsel And Vigorous Investigation And Prosecution, William Michael Treanor

Law and Contemporary Problems

Two completed investigations into allegations of presidential wrongdoing, Watergate and Iran-Contra, are examined and the offices of Independent Counselor and Special Prosecutor are discussed.