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Re: Starr
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0211  Monday, 8 February 1999.

From:           Abigail Quart <
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Date:           Sunday, 7 Feb 1999 13:19:53 -0500
Subject:        Sunday, Feb. 7, LA Times

 Sunday, February 7, 1999
THE DECLINE AND FALL OF KENNETH STARR
 Before he took the job as independent counsel, Starr was a Republican
with nowhere to go but up. Now he faces public humiliation.

By STEPHEN GILLERS

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By Stephen Gillers:

NEW YORK-Current events brim with Shakespearean resonances. Take the
nontrial of the century now ending its Senate run. My nominations for
Shakespearean equivalents are: President Bill Clinton as Henry V while
he was still the lawless Prince Hal; Hillary Rodham Clinton as Portia or
Lady Macbeth, depending on your point of view; and Monica S. Lewinsky as
Mistress Quickly.

What about Kenneth W. Starr, the independent counsel? The most obvious
comparison is to Angelo, the sanctimonious hypocrite in "Measure for
Measure," who condemned Claudio to death for illicit sex because, "We
must not make a scarecrow of the law," and then tells Claudio's sister,
Isabella, that she can "redeem thy brother by yielding up thy body to my
will." Uncanny, given Starr's stature before he became independent
counsel, that the comparison does not seem entirely preposterous.
 

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