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Starr Urges Judges To Go Public

June 9, 2000

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Lamenting his own failure to be more open with the public during the Whitewater investigation, Kenneth Starr urged judges Friday to appear on television and use other media to better inform people about the justice system.

``I should have provided the public more, not less, information,″ the former independent counsel whose investigation led to President Clinton’s impeachment said in a speech to judges, lawyers and reporters at the National Judicial College.

``I felt for my part, I should just remain silent, not go on Sunday talk shows. I feel that was a real mistake,″ he said.

``It would have been better for me to have been simply making myself more available to answer the basic questions about the investigation, its origins, the mandate having come from the attorney general to us.″

Starr, a former judge, opened a two-day conference, ``Courts and Media _ Conflict and Cooperation.″

``Since the justice system is in fact for the people, why should we be shy about explaining our system to dispel misunderstandings and overcome any misinformation or misimpression that may be there?″ Starr asked.

``Why shouldn’t the chief judge or another appropriate judicial officer or administrator meet with the press on a regular basis to discuss the work of the courts? Why not appearances on your own community’s local news programs?″

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