The Law: Going After a Governor

In the law's eyes, every man is officially the same, except of course when he is an official nothing is quite the same. Consider the case of U.S. v. Marvin Mandel et al., which a six-woman, six-man jury began hearing last week.

The unique problems involved in prosecuting a sitting public official began almost immediately after the Maryland Governor was indicted last November on charges involving bribery. The federal judge on the case was disqualified by an appeals court because a former law partner had a peripheral relationship to the case. Thereupon all eight...