Starr's Last Gasps

After losing to McDougal, the prosecutor is chasing side player Julie Steele. Does this make sense?

In the eyes of even his most severe critics, Ken Starr finally got one right. At a Senate hearing last week, the independent counsel whom the White House accused of being politically motivated made the argument that the statute that created him should die. His reasoning: you just can't take politics out of the process.

If Starr's surprising testimony on Capitol Hill doesn't kill the law by itself, the verdict two days earlier in Susan McDougal's trial should help. Acquitted of an obstruction-of-justice charge, and with the jury deadlocked on two criminal-contempt counts, McDougal claimed victory after a five-week trial that...

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