By Terry Eastland. Published 1999. ISBN 9780718715984
In 1978 Congress passed the Ethics in Government Act, one part of which set forth the procedures for appointing and empowering an independent counsel. It was a direct product of Watergate. It would deter executive misconduct and punish it. Just over twenty years on, independent counsels have been used at least twenty times. Eastland describes the key provisions of the law and discusses its operation over the last couple of decades, but argues against it on constitutional and public policy grounds.