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For the second time in the history of our republic, we face a public crisis of confidence in federal prosecutors, prompted by a flood of cases of misconduct and the political abuse of prosecutorial authority. This problem peaked in the Bush years, but there is no reason to believe that Eric Holder is doing much to turn the situation around. Some of the most abusive cases are just plodding along. I discussed these issues and offered some suggestions for addressing them in a speech (PDF) to the Rotary Club of New York and the American Constitution Society delivered in Manhattan yesterday.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Number of pages in the bills that created Social Security and the Federal Trade Commission, respectively:
A case study was published about a man who has consumed 40,000 pills of ecstasy, a new world record. The man suffers from memory problems, paranoia, hallucinations, and depression, as well as painful muscle rigidity that keeps him from opening his mouth.
A plane carrying skydiving students landed on a busy highway in New Jersey.
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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.”