By Douglas W. Kmiec
This is an inside look at the principal decision makers and the major legal and constitutional decisions made in the Department of Justice under Attorney General Edwin Meese. Kmiec, former assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), offers a fascinating chronicle and analysis of the significant issues addressed during and since the Reagan years. These include the controversy over methods of constitutional interpretation; the legitimacy of independent counsels; efforts by the president to control executive agencies and to keep Congress in check; family issues, including abortion, AIDS, limitations on pornography, and school choice; quotas, affirmative action, and civil rights; the Iran-Contra affair; and more.
- New York