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Benjamin Wittes

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092523

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092523.001.0001

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Taming the Statute

Taming the Statute

(p.29) Chapter 2 Taming the Statute

Benjamin Wittes

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the public's suspicions about Kenneth Starr, which began almost immediately upon his appointment in 1994. Starr attracted this skepticism chiefly because of the peculiar circumstances of his appointment: the sudden sacking of the well-regarded Robert Fiske, Jr. following the infamous lunch between Judge David Sentelle, the presiding judge on the special court that names independent counsels, and conservative senators Jesse Helms and Lauch Faircloth. To make matters worse, Starr had taken a public position against presidential immunity from civil actions and had, at the time of his appointment, been considering filing an amicus brief in the case on behalf of a conservative women's group. Such activities, combined with his conservative politics and service in the previous two Republican administrations, exacerbated the perception that the court was stacking the deck against the president.

Keywords:   Robert Fiske Jr, Judge David Sentelle, Jesse Helms, Lauch Faircloth, presidential immunity

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