The previous U.S. Attorney firing: Fred Black on Guam

Time to re-open the question of why the interim U.S. Attorney for Guam was fired as he closed in on Jack Abramoff.

A reader points out that there’s a precedent for the firing of U.S. Attorneys getting too close to Republican corruption: the case of Fred Black on Guam, who was getting too close to Jack Abramoff.

Wouldn’t now be a good time to ask Black to testify about the circumstances? And Alberto Gonzales might be interesting to hear from, too.

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: