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  • ISBN 0718716175
  • ISBN13 978-0718716172
  • Language English
  • Author Kenneth Starr
  • Publisher University of London,Institute of United States Studies (January 2000)
  • Pages 16
  • Formats lrf mbr azw lit
  • Category Social Science
  • Subcategory Philosophy
  • Size ePub 1983 kb
  • Size Fb2 1188 kb
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The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 is a United States federal law that was passed in the wake of the Nixon Watergate scandal and the Saturday Night Massacre.

The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 is a United States federal law that was passed in the wake of the Nixon Watergate scandal and the Saturday Night Massacre. It created mandatory, public disclosure of financial and employment history of public officials and their immediate families. It also created restrictions on lobbying efforts by public officials for a set period after leaving public office. Last, it created the . Office of Independent Counsel, tasked with investigating government officials.

The Office of Special Counsel was an office of the United States Department of Justice established by provisions in the Ethics in Government Act that expired in 1999. The provisions were replaced by Department of Justice regulation 28 CFR Part 600, which created the successor office of special counsel. The current regulations were drafted by former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal.

So Bill Clinton appears well on his way back to the White House (albeit in a different capacity) while Kenneth W. Starr, the independent counsel who pursued him and his sexual indiscretions all the way to his impeachment, is out of a jo.

Back in 1994, Kenneth Starr was appointed to investigate a series of investments made by Bill and Hillary .

Back in 1994, Kenneth Starr was appointed to investigate a series of investments made by Bill and Hillary Clinton; the Whitewater allegations never bore fruit, but then somebody whispered stories about the president and an intern named Monica Lewinsky into Starr's ea. Whether or not it's the government's job to produce hackneyed narratives about young women who find themselves falling in love with powerful men is for voters to decide, but this story would be rejected outright by readers of Harold Robbins or Jackie Susann were it not for the newsworthy elements.

Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr demonstrated this point. Nonetheless, Congress can improve the current "independent counsel" sys­ tem, which was established by the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

The Justice Department's brief in the litigation between the President and the Whitewater Independent Counsel Kenneth W. 4 Several problems have been identified with the current system, including the following: (1) the appointment mechanism, by attempting to specify situations where an independent counsel is necessary, requires the President and Attorney General to seek appointment of an independent counsel in.

Independent counsel are attorneys who investigate and prosecute criminal activity in government. One potential element for bias remains: the political affiliations of the accused government official and the independent counsel

Independent counsel are attorneys who investigate and prosecute criminal activity in government. The need for independent counsel arises from the conflict of interest posed by having the established criminal justice system investigate government misconduct. One potential element for bias remains: the political affiliations of the accused government official and the independent counsel. The people rely on independent counsel's duty as a member of the bar to uphold the laws and the . Constitution, to overcome any similarities or differences in political beliefs.

Ethics in Government: The Presidency and the Independent Counsel

Ethics in Government: The Presidency and the Independent Counsel. ISBN 9780718716172 (978-0-7187-1617-2) Softcover, Univ. of United States Studies, 2000.

independent counsel, in . In 1999, following prosecutor Kenneth Starr's confrontations with President Bill Clinton and the impeachment of the president, the law again expired and was not renewed. law, a judicially appointed investigator of charges of misdeeds by high government officials. Originally termed "special prosecutor," the position was first created by the 1978 Ethics in Government Act. Prompted by the Watergate affair, the purpose of the law was to avoid the conflict of interest that might develop if the executive branch (. investigated its own officials. The attorney general now has sole responsibility for appointing outside prosecutors.

Then-independent counsel Kenneth Starr testifies in 1998 before the House Judiciary Committee . Congress let the independent counsel statute lapse in 1999-shortly after Clinton’s impeachment and acquittal.

Then-independent counsel Kenneth Starr testifies in 1998 before the House Judiciary Committee for the impeachment inquiry of President Bill Clinton. Photo: Chuck Kennedy/KRT/Newscom). In the century after Grant’s presidency, administrations appointed special prosecutors with varying degrees of autonomy to probe activities in the executive branch. There was a serious challenge to the law.