No, the prosecution didn’t leak grand jury material about steroid use in baseball. And no, Scooter Libby didn’t “shred” his notes from his conversation with Cheney.

My omniscience seems to be slipping. I have two errors to correct.

1. In a strongly-worded post, I denounced the press for accepting prosecution leaks of grand jury material in the baseball-steroids investigation. Those leaks turn out to have come from a defense lawyer. My apologies to the San Francisco U.S. Attorney’s Office for questioning the integrity of its staff on inadequate evidence.

2. Tom Maguire points out that I accepted as fact what seems to have been no more than metaphor with respect to Scooter Libby’s reported “shredding” of notes from his conversations with his boss. There’s no evidence any document was destroyed.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: