special prosecutor

A special prosecutor (or special counsel or independent counsel) is a lawyer appointed to investigate and possibly prosecute a specific legal case of potential wrongdoing for which a conflict of interest exists for the usual prosecuting authority. For example, the investigation of an allegation against a sitting president or attorney-general might be handled by a special prosecutor rather than an ordinary prosecutor, who would otherwise be in the position of investigating their own boss. Investigations into others connected to the government but not in a position of direct authority over the prosecutor, such as cabinet secretaries or election campaigns, have also been handled by special prosecutors. The term is not specific to the United States, nor to the federal government. According to Harriger, the concept originates in state law: "state courts have traditionally appointed special prosecutors when the regular government attorney was disqualified from a case, whether for incapacitation or interest." While the most prominent special prosecutors have been those appointed since the 1870s to investigate presidents and those connected to them, the term can also be used to refer to any prosecutor appointed to avoid a conflict of interest or appearance thereof. For example, because district attorneys' offices work closely with police, some activists argue that cases of police misconduct at the state and local level should be handled by "special prosecutors". Wikipedia
The New York Times Mon, 09/18/2017 - 13:12

Facebook Knows More About Russia’s Election Meddling. Shouldn’t We?

"Facebook owes it to its users to let them know if they have directly interacted with the equivalent of digital spies sent to influence them," Jim Rutenberg writes.
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Reason Magazine Sat, 09/16/2017 - 23:58

Arpaio's Attorney Threatens Harvard Law Prof With Libel Suit Over Op-Ed

"When Joe Arpaio reads a column he doesn't like, he doesn't fire off a letter to the editor. Instead, his lawyer threatens to sue the writer. Sheriff Arpaio the bully is Citizen Arpaio the bully."
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Chicago Tribune Sat, 09/16/2017 - 14:37

COLUMN: DACA dithering shows Trump's mind only has room for Trump

The president's mind seems to function solely and reflexively for the protection and elevation of Donald J. Trump, columnist Rex Huppke says.
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Washington Post Sat, 09/16/2017 - 02:11

Opinion | Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s deeply disturbing prosecution from the briefing room

"Anyone who cares about the integrity of the criminal justice system has reason to be concerned by the behavior of this administration," writes Randall D. Eliason in Opinion.
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Washington Post Fri, 09/15/2017 - 15:44

Analysis | Did James Comey violate federal laws?

Fact Checker digs into the White House's rationale for suggesting that the fired FBI director violated federal laws.
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azcentral Wed, 09/13/2017 - 13:29

Opinion: Arpaio judge should name special prosecutor

EJ Montini: "Was President Trump's pardon constitutional? It's a question worth asking. A fight worth having."
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Washington Post Tue, 09/12/2017 - 23:42

Opinion | What about the Russia lies?

"What we may potentially be dealing with — and should be dealing with already — is the impeachment of a president for high crimes and misdemeanors," Jennifer Rubin writes in Opinion.
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