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Those who are decrying the methods & motives of Ken Starr would do well to read this insider's account of the IranContra case by the New Yorker's legal writer.

Among the familiar elements of the story are politically motivated prosecutions (Toobin wanted to join Judge Walsh's staff because he disagreed with Reagan's Central America policy), press leaks (by Toobin himself) & relatively minor charges (lying to Congress, obstruction, etc.)

What distinguishes the story of IranContra from Whitewater is the absence of political attacks on the special prosecutor by the White House.  In fact, at one point Reagan makes a special appointment of Walsh when North challenges the constitutionality of a special prosecutor appointed by Congressional statute.

These days, in the pages of the New Yorker, Toobin attacks everything from sexual harassment law itself to degradation of privacy rights in his effort to delegitimize the Starr investigation.  One wonders if he's forgotten the personal experiences that he defly portrays here.


Grade: (C+)



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Book-related and General Links:
    -REVIEW: of A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President  By JEFFREY TOOBIN (THOMAS POWERS, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President By JEFFREY TOOBIN (Michiko Kakutani, NY Times)

If you liked Opening Arguments, try:

Bork, Robert
    -The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law