DoJ starts a formal investigation into rulebreaking by Monica Goodling.

DoJ opens a formal investigation into possible misconduct by Monica Goodling. Turns out it’s against the law to ask candidates for jobs as Assistant U.S. Attorneys about their political views.

It’s hard to tell whether the impetus for this came from the career staff, or whether this is a matter of Gonzales trying to throw Goodling to the wolves to save his own worthless hide.

Don’t worry, though: none of the people who accused the Democrats of stirring up a fuss about nothing will bother to apoligize. Not their style.

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