Miller cracks

She will testify tomorrow.
What would you give to have the Xanax concession at the White House right now?

Just got off the phone with my sister Kelly, who asked me, “Is Fitzgerald going to indict anyone before we’re all too old to care?”

Ans.: Yes.

Reportedly “Scooter” Libby finally decided to let Judith Miller off the hook. She’s out of jail now, and will testify tomorrow.

And I have to agree with Atrios: this does make the New York Times editorial page look pretty damned silly for arguing back in August that Miller’s stubbornness up to then demonstrated that continuing to hold her would be futile.

Update The Anonymous Liberal has been studying the problem closely and has some new (to me at least) thoughts. The journalistic wall of silence that keeps reporters from questioning other reporters (and editors and publishers) as vigorously as they question public officials other than their favored sources is as much of a disgrace to journalism as the “blue wall of silence” that protects crooked and brutal cops from their honest colleagues is to policing.

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: