Baseball Crank
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January 2, 2004
LAW/POLITICS: An Important Distinction

Liberal Oasis says that critics of the Bush Administration's handling of the Plame investigation should continue to be skeptical of new chief prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, despite his sterling reputation, because Ken Starr also once had a sterling reputation. (Link via Oliver Willis). Now, I generally think a lot of the criticisms of Starr were and are unfair, but before you compare Fitzgerald to Starr, you have to take account of one very critical distinction: Fitzgerald is a career prosecutor. Starr had never worked in a prosecutor's office; while he's a fine lawyer, his training was as an appellate advocate and an appellate judge, not a prosecutor. And many of Starr's missteps can be traced to the fact that he had no training or background as a prosecutor (as well as no training or background in news management, at which his adversaries were experts).

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