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Spitzer scandal, around the web

  • I've got a piece in this morning's National Review Online on some of the ironies of the Spitzer scandal, which recalls echoes of the former prosecutor's own "imperial CEO" rhetoric and may hinge on a crime -- the "structuring" of cash transactions -- whose enactment was very much part of the trend toward more ferocious white-collar law enforcement that you might call Spitzerization.
  • New: Jim Copland, also of this site, is in NRO too this morning: "Spitzer was never a white knight". More thoughts: Eric Scheie, John Podhoretz, WSJ editorial & links, Kirkendall, Ribstein, Bainbridge.
  • Also in NRO, of interest: John Derbyshire on why Spitzer wouldn't be likely to clean up the mess in Albany even if given another twenty years to try; and Stephen Spruiell on the governor's record of policy follies, including his distinctively awful litigation against gun manufacturers.
  • Daniel Gross at Slate also pursues the hoist-by-his-own-petard theme on white-collar prosecution (and catches an angle or two I missed). Related: Kerr @ Volokh, WLS @ Patterico, Mark Steyn ("Almost every white-collar federal offense - wire fraud, mail fraud - boils down to 'paying for the train ticket'.").
  • The Washington Post reported that Republicans in Albany "said that if the governor tries to keep his job, they will probably question whether his state police bodyguards, who provide him 24-hour protection, were complicit in his actions, and whether state money or facilities were used. 'I can't see him getting through this,' said state Sen. Martin J. Golden (R), a former police officer. 'Interstate transportation for sexual purposes is a federal crime. . . . We all think now he's negotiating a plea.'"
  • The New York Times puckishly recalls Spitzer's vow to end "pay-for-play politics" and noted that "friends of Richard A. Grasso, the former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange and a favorite Spitzer pinata, recalled that Spitzer aides had circulated allegations, never substantiated, that Mr. Grasso had had an improper relationship with his secretary." John Carney has a saltier version at DealBreaker (as well as a laughworthy parody).

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Rafael Mangual
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