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In looking at the current scandal about the politicization of the U.S. attorneys in the Bush Administration, I am reminded frequently of the Clinton years and the investigation of the Whitewater scandal conducted by Ken Starr, now a dean at Pepperdine Law School.
The investigation had strong political overtones, as any such matter invariably does. But it was managed in a blatantly political way, to its own strong discredit. Most of the serious abuses which are surfacing in the current story also occurred in Starr’s investigation. The failure to maintain the secrecy of grand jury materials was shocking. Recently I picked up an advance copy of a new biography of Hillary Clinton called Her Way and discovered that the leaks have continued, and that Starr was being openly cited as a source. My thoughts on this subject appear in a column in the August issue of the American Lawyer.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”