The Smith bribery base: update

And speaking of cases in which Attorney General Ashcroft has to choose between his party loyalty and his oath of office: when are we going to have a grand jury on the attempt to bribe a Member of Congress on the floor of the House? Tim Noah has been all over this one.

Of course, this is just about the bribe attempt that failed. Shouldn’t a grand jury be inquiring into how many succeeded? It’s more than possible that the Medicare bill passed with purchased votes.

Earlier posts Dec. 1 and Dec. 3

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

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