Only the courts have been able to restrain Mr. Starr, opposing his tactics of keeping Susan McDougal in prison and threatening to send Webster Hubbell back in attempts to force them to testify against Mr. Clinton. The court in the Hubbell case accused Mr. Starr of overreaching.
Mr. Starr has managed to alienate a majority of the public by his mistakes, his ruining the reputations and bank accounts of little people and minor players, authorizing and orchestrating a wire-tapping sting that is inadmissible in court, harassing people to testify his way or risk prosecution, committing acts that bordered on entrapment, possibly violating Justice Department regulations against divulging information. Also, he wants to turn Secret Service agents into spies on the presidency. And, while not illegal, many Americans find it unseemly to pit mother against daughter, even in a split family such as Monica Lewinsky's.