Not On Board With Kenneth Starr (9/23/98)
I don't spend time defending President Clinton - a man who is indefensible. I do, however, make an effort to attack Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr. He, in my opinion, represents everything that honest and decent Americans should fear in a prosecutor: an obsessive desire to "get" someone to such an extent that time, money, reason, and fundamental fairness become afterthoughts. Starr's obsession became so intense that New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd penned a tongue in cheek column wherein she referred to Starr, not Clinton, when she wrote: "No matter how much he heard Monica talk about sex, it was never enough".

Some examples . . .

For all the Clinton haters out there, and there are alot of them, the Starr report and the videotaped testimony of the President must have been great fodder. But for the sake of argument, envision a hypothetical that replaces Clinton with one of your family members or friends. Do the cross hairs of the Starr prosecution seem quite so appealing?

Prosecutorial abuse is by far the most frightening concept to an orderly democracy.  Don't let your hatred of Clinton blind you to a deterioration of civil liberties.

Barry Green is the District Attorney for the 271st Judicial District.

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