Priester et al provide a comprehensive legal history of the independent counsel statute from its inception in 1978 until its apparent last hurrah in 1999. They also explore the role of the independent counsel in the history and practice of the government's evidentiary privileges.
Benjamin J. Priester, Paul G. Rozelle, and Mirah A. Horowitz,
The Independent Counsel Statute: A Legal History,
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