The backstory

Who fingered Libby and Cheney? And how do they feel about it?

Johnston, Stevenson, and Jehl attribute their blockbuster story fingering Libby and Cheney to “lawyers involved in the case.” Whose lawyers? And how do Libby and Cheney like being set up by their colleagues? And did Cheney have the same moment of forgetfulness that Libby apparently had?

As these folks face imminent decisions about whether to stand up for one another or face potentially long prison terms, this sort of story helps sow the mutual distrust that the prosecutor in such a case must always rely on.

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: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com