Where has the Plame story disappeared to?

To those wondering — either in fear or in hope — why the Valerie Plame scandal has disappreared from the front pages and when it’s going to come back, I say: Be patient.

To those wondering — either in fear or in hope — why the Valerie Plame scandal has disappreared from the front pages and when it’s going to come back, I say: Be patient.

Patrick Fitzgerald is no Ken Starr, with a stable of tame reporters to whom he leaks grand jury information every time it seems the scandal is cooling down in political terms. He’s a prosecutor pure and simple. When he’s ready to indict, he’ll indict.

Fitzgerald’s grand jury is scheduled to go out of existence in October, which creates a natural deadline but not a hard one: the judge can extend the term of the grand jury, or a new grand jury can pick up where the old one left off. Either course of action would keep Judith Miller in jail and the rest of the conspiracy in jeopardy.

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