ERIC Number: ED432495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of the Independent Counsel. Web Lesson.
Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
This lesson presents an overview of the origin and procedure of the Independent Counsel Statute enacted in 1978 by the U.S. Congress. The lesson explains that the statute was drafted to eliminate the conflict of interest that might arise when the Department of Justice is ordered to investigate important government figures and that it gives the Attorney General the power to appoint an independent counsel when he or she determines that there is sufficient evidence to warrant the investigation of high-ranking government officials. Controversy over the statute and its powers has not been resolved; the lesson discusses several questions surrounding the controversy. Five student discussion questions are included and a class activity for small groups is provided. Web links for broadcast media sites, print media sites, E-zines, encyclopedias, legal sources, government sites, and other sources are offered. (BT)
Descriptors: Conflict of Interest, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Higher Education, Legal Problems, Political Science, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States Government (Course), World Wide Web
Constitution Rights Foundation, 601 South Kingsley Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90005; Tel: 213-487-5590; Fax: 213-386-0459.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.