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Wednesday, December 9, 1998

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  • Constitutional Lawyer Michael Ratner Analyzes Hearings

    A series of witnesses testifying on behalf of president Clinton yesterday conceded that his behavior in the Monica Lewinsky affair had been reprehensible, but not impeachable. Defenders of the president included former congressperson Liz Holtzman, as well as Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman, Princeton historian Prof. Sean Wilentz, and one of the president s counsels, Greg Craig, who led the defense. The exhaustive 11-hour session was loud, angry and heavily partisan, with the president’s defenders denouncing Republicans as cowardly, and Republicans accusing the witnesses of defending the indefensible.

  • Debate Over International Criminal Court

    The proceedings against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet have sparked a debate within the human rights community about future actions against human rights abusers and the establishment of an international criminal court. At issue is how to treat officials of the US government.