Lawrence E. Walsh, formerly a federal judge in the Southern District of New York and a Deputy Attorney General of the US, has been president of the American Bar Association and was independent counsel during the Iran–contra affair. He is the author of Firewall: The Iran—Contra Conspiracy and Cover-up. (March 1998)

Kenneth Starr and the Independent Counsel Act

Some observers have been shocked by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr’s prosecutorial intrusion into the private life of President Clinton at a critical moment of our international affairs. They deplore his use of his powers in order to pursue possible misstatements in an ongoing private civil lawsuit. Such disapproving observers divide …