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Law: Public Trust

Choose a public administration case where an official violated his or her public trust. (President Bill Clinton)

What was the apparent cause of the violation of trust by the public official?
How was the breach of trust discovered?
Describe the various legal means used to hold the administrative agency accountable. How sufficient were the various common law and statutes for holding the administrative agency accountable? Contrast the effectiveness of the common law with the statutory sources of review authority. What managerial, political, or legal challenges were involved in holding the administrative agency accountable?

How was the issue resolved?
Do you think the resolution was the best one possible? Why?
In what way are public administrators bound by both individual ethics and office ethics? In what ways might these ethical frameworks overlap? In what ways might they diverge? What implications might this divergence have on public administrator accountability?
How has this case example shaped the future of local, state, and federal administration law in the United States?

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What was the apparent cause of the violation of trust by the public official?

Lying under oath about a sexual affair that he had with one of his interns. This lying under oath was far more egregious than the actual act of adultery, and therefore, the issue became to be viewed as a White House cover up, which lied to the public violating the trust in the presidential office.

How was the breach of trust discovered?

Lewinsky told a coworker named Linda Tripp about her affair with Clinton, and Tripp convinced Lewinsky not to dry clean what would later be known as the "infamous blue dress". In addition Tripp reported conversations between Lewinski and herself to literary agent Lucianne Goldberg. She was advised to secretly record these conversations and these recordings were what broke the story when Goldberg began speaking with a nationally distributed magazine (Newsweek) about the tapes that had allegations of sexual improprieties between Clinton and Lewinski.

Describe the various legal means used to hold the administrative agency accountable. How sufficient were the various common law and statutes for ...

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The expert chooses a public administration case where an official violated His or her public trust. How the breach of truth discovered is determined.

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