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Harvard Law Record, V. 130 No. 1, January 14, 2010

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InDecember,MassachusettsAt-torneyGeneralMarthaCoakleyre-soundinglydefeatedthreechallengersintheDemo-craticParty primaryfotheU.S.Sen-ateseatoccu- piedbyEdwardM.Kennedyuntilhisdeathlastyear,andher cruisetoanul-timatevictoryappearedcer-tain.Afterall,thestatehadnotelectedasenatortositontheothesideofthepo-liticalaislefor nearlyfoudecades.SowhenDemo-craticcol-leagueslikeSenatorJohnKerryintroducedheras“thenextSenatorfromMassachusetts,”theyweren’tjustemployingtheusualcampaignrhetoric.Butwhatappearedtobeasurpris-ingsurgeinthepopularityandelectabilityofCoakley’sRepubli-canchallenger,ScottBrown,threwthelevelheaded(andsomewouldsaytoocomplacent)Coakleycam- paignintodis-array.Pollswereshowingtheracegettingmorerepeti-tive.Ras-mussen,a pollingservicethattendstoskewtowardconservativecandidatesandwhichhas beenfaultedforitsmethod-ology,never-thelessgeneratedex-citementamongRepub-licanswhenitshowedCoak-leysleadtrimmedto9%.Subsequent pollshavecon-firmedgainsforBrown,butdifferoverwhethetheyaremuchlargerorsmallerthanthosereportedbyRasmussen.Suddenly,theCoakleycampaignhasfounditselfunderattackfornotgoingontheoffensivesincetheAt-torneyGeneralsprimaryvictory,restingonitslaurelsforapresumedvictoryinthelastroundofthespe-cialelection,scheduledforJanuary19th.Bycontrast,Brown,aStateSena-torfromWrentham,hasbeenerod-ingCoakleysmostseriousadvantageintheprimaries,namerecognition,bybarragingtheair-wavestwocontroversialads.ThefirstapedtheimageofformerPres-identJohnF.Kennedy,whohadhimselfheldtheSenateseatlateroc-cupiedbyhisbrotherTed.ItbeginswithrawfootageofPresidentKennedyappealingfortaxcuts,andthenmorphsintoanimageofBrownfinishinghiswords,beforeBrownisshownincolorsayingthattaxcutscouldhelpgrowtheeconomy.Byremindingvotersoftheformer President’staxpolicy,Brown’sadwasclearlyintendedtotiehiscandi-dacytothelegacyoftheKennedyfamilyamantleaRepublicanwas
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SURPRISING GOP SURGE COULDDERAILCOAKLEY CANDIDACYFeds RunAmok? Civil Liberties LawyerUncovers ProsecutorsAbuse of PowerDouble Jeopardy! HLS Student, GradTake Center Stage on Game Show
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DeanMarthaMinowtookthehelmof HarvardLawSchoolatatimewhenadwindlingendowmentanduniversity-widebudgetcutshaveforcedtheschooltoemploycost-cuttingmeasures.MinowassumedthedeanshiponJuly1,inheritingamuchtighterbudgetthaninyearspast.Atthelawschool,eachdepartmenthadtotrimitsbudgetby10 percent,afterprojectionsshowedthatthelawschoolcouldexpecttoreceive$10millionlessfromtheendowmentinfiscalyear2010thanitreceivedin2009,accordingtoaJulyHLSpressre-lease.HowellJackson’82wasactingdeanatthetimethebudgetcutsandotherstaffreductionswereannounced.Still,duringherfirstmonthsasdean,
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WhenRajRajaratnamwastakenintofederalcustodyforviolatingsecuritieslaws,hisarrestcamewithprosecutors’andinvestigativeagencies’usualfanfareover havingrootedoutabadappleandsentawarningtootherwould-beviolators.Withindays,hishedgefund,theGalleonGroup,hadshutitsdoors,unabletocopewiththepressuretheindictmentputonitsabilitytocarryonbusiness.Theweightofanindictmentbyafederalgrandjurycancrusheventhemostprom-isingcareer.Andwhilethegravityofanaccusationwouldseemtocounselrestraintinthepursuitofthosewhoviolatefederallaw,anewbook,
Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent 
,by prominentBostondefenseattorneyHar-veySilverglate’67,arguesthatthetruthistheexactopposite.AccordingtoSilver-glate,federalprosecutorshaveincreas-
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ThoughitgoeswithoutsayingthatHarvardLawSchoolstudentsandalumniaresmart,itsnoteverydaythattheygettoshowofftheiroftenconsider-ablenon-legalknowledge.Butthechancecamefo bothSarahBoyette’10andAndreaSaenz’08over thelastfewweeks,whenbothstarredascontest-antsonthequizshow“Jeopardy!”Justgettingonthelong-runningshowisachal-lengerequiringbothanadmissionstestanda practicegameandanycontestantwhoseappear-anceairsiswell-qualifiedforthematch.Saenz,whowastheEditor-in-Chiefofthe
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inglycometorelyonvaguecriminallawstoinvesti-gateandindictprofessionalsinthefieldsofmedicine, politics,law,business,journalism,andnon-profitserviceforarangeofpracticesthathavenothistori-callybeencriminalized.Thereasonsforthesepros-ecutionsrangefromtheself-aggrandizingdesireof  prosecutorstoimposestandardsofprofessionalcon-ductonothereconomicdomainstothecrassabuseof  powerforpurelypoliticalmotives.Silverglate’slatestbookchroniclessomeofthemostprominentandcontroversialfederalcaseshehaswitnessedthroughouthiscareer,whetherduringhisownpracticeorintheheadlines.Ashelaysoutthefactsofeachcase,Silverglatetakeshisreaderintothemindofatopdefenseattorneytoseepastthehead-linesandthepresumptionofguilttodemonstratehowinonecaseafteranothertheDepartmentofJusticehasdemonstratedunscrupulousandoverzealoususeofcreativecriminalindictmentstointimidatethein-nocentandcoercefalsetestimonyandpleabargainsfromitstargets.Theproblem,saysSilverglate,isthatthecriminalstatutesthatwereoriginallywrittentoempowerfed-eralprosecutorstopursueorganizedcrimehavebe-comemalleableputtythatcanbeshapedbyaskilled prosecutortobringanindictmentagainstalmostany- body.Combinedwithavastregulatorystateandstiff sentencingregimesputinplaceforthewarondrugs,thefederalcriminaljusticesystemhasdegeneratedintoa“thugocracy.”Evenanextraordinaryefforttoconformtostatutoryandregulatoryrulesmaybein-adequatetopreventaprosecution,asinthecaseof LeeLeichter,whowasconvictedofviolationsoftheMedicalDeviceAmendmentstotheFood,Drug,andCosmeticsAct.Despitehisconvictionbeingreversedonappeal,Leichter’slifewasdevastatedbythefi-nancialandprofessionalcostofhiscriminaldefense.Inarecentinterviewwiththe
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,Silverglatesaidthathewrotethebook,“BecauseIthoughtitwasimportanttopullbackthecurtainonsomeofthesepractices.”Tomanyreaders,thebookwillreadlikeahighlightreelofthemostprominentandchallengingcasestobe broughtinrecentyears.WhetherexaminingtheEnronscandalandtheensuingdemiseofArthurAn-dersen,theprosecutionofinvestmentsuperstaMichaelMilken,theconvictionofMarthaStewart,or thebattleoverassistedsuicidein
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,546U.S.243(2006),Silverglatedeftlycombinesthelegalsophisticationofacriminaldefenseexpertwiththeplainspeechanddrivingnarrativeofajournalist.Eachchapteriswoventogetherwiththeconsistentthemesofprosecutorialoverreachingandtheimpos-sibilityofdeterminingthescopeofconductprohib-itedbyvaguelaws,withSilverglate’sprobingrheto-ricdrawingthereaderintothesuspensionofthei presumptions.Thusthereadercomestounderstandawellroundeddefenseofeachindividual’sactionson personal,ethical,andlegalgrounds.Thecase-by-casestyleofthebookcouldbecomemonotonousifitwerenotforSilverglatesimpres-sivelyresearcheddetails,deeplysympatheticanec-dotesandpersonalreflectionsthatprovidevaluableinsightintothefactsandcircumstancesofeachcase.Inthisway,
Three Felonies A Day
sacrificesobjectivityforrhetoricalforce.Asweareledthroughagalleryoftheegregiousabusesof  prosecutorialauthority,Silverglate’sunvarnishedcriticismoftheDepart-mentofJusticebelieshiscriminaldefenseandcivillibertarianroots.Butforeveryounceofbiasinjectedintothepresentationofthebooksindividualcases,itscentralthesis,thatpowerisbeingroutinelyabused,inspiresevergreateranger andresentment.Asacalltoaction,Silverglateavoidspretentiouslecturesonthe-oryoroverlytechnicaldissectionsofparticularlegalarguments.Thestrengthofhisargumentliesinthetraditionaltoolboxofthedefenseat-torney.Hepresentsthefactsandes-tablishesanarrativeineachcasethatallowsthereadertofeelthat,“There,butforthegraceofGod,goI.Eachcaseissupportedbylegalarguments,analyzingthetheoryof thecasetofindaninterpretationof factsandlawinwhichtheactsothedefendantwereinlinewithareasonableinterpretationoftheilegalduties.Inthiswaythebook succeedsinad-vancingpersuasiveinterpretationsof thelawtolawyersandlegalinsiderswhileatthesametimegivingeduca-tionalbackgroundtoamoregeneralaudience.Manyofthecasesaresorecentthattheyhaveeithernotyetbeenfi-nallyresolvedortheaftermathisstillunfoldingintheheadlines.Silver-glatepresentsthewell-publicized prosecutionofMassachusettsHouseSpeakerThomasFinneranasacaseofprosecutorialzealandcoercivetacticsbringingruinationtoanun- blemishedcareer,largelyformakingastatementwhichwasarguablynotfalseandprobablynotinjurioustoanyone.ButtheFinnerancasestandsoutpartlybecauseofthetransparentmotivesoftheprosecu-tors.Asacomponentofhispleabar-gaintoavoidspendingtimein prison,Finneranwasforcedtoagreenottorunforpublicofficeforatleastfiveyears,anagreementthatSilverglatefindsnotonlyexcessiveandunethicalbutprobablyunconsti-tutional.Justthisweek,theMassachusettsSupremeJudicialCourtdeniedFinneran’sappealoftherevocationofhislicensetopracticelaw.Sil-verglatesaidthatthislatestlossdemonstratesthelastingdamagein-flictedonapublicservantwhobe-camethetargetofprosecutorsnotduetoanypatternofillegalactivitybutmerelyfohavingbeeninapositionofpowerandpublicscrutiny.“Itpaystobeparanoidwhenyoucanbe prosecutedforthesekindsofthings.”Fordoctors,Silverglateseestheunwelcomeover-sightofprosecutorsasacauseforbothprofessionalconcernandaseriousimpedimenttoresponsiblemedicalpractice.“TheDepartment[ofJustice]hasdrugwarriorscontrollingmedicinenow.”Asaresult, physiciansaresubjectto“SWAT-teamstylearrestandluridsmeartactics”forconductwhichfallsrightattheintersectionofresponsiblemedicalpracticeandthefederalregulationofprescriptionmedications.Andonceanindictmenthasbeenbrought,prosecu-torsfrequentlyseektofreezeassetsandcoercetesti-monyoutofco-defendantsinordertoprocureaswift pleabargainratherthangoingthroughafulltrial.Giventheextensiveinvestigativeauthorityofthefed-eralagents,friendsandcoworkersmayquicklyturnagainstoneanotherandbecomecooperatingwit-nesses,evenwhentheirtestimonyispotentiallyfab-ricatedtoarrangeapleabargain.LikeAlanDershowitzsays,witnesseslearnnotonlytosing,buttocompose.ToSilverglate,thesecoercivetacticsandtheseizureofassetspendinglitigationconstituteadenialoftheconstitutionalrighttoafairdefense.AlthoughprosecutorssitatthefrontlinesofwhatSilverglateseesastheDepartmentofJustice’sabu-sivedecisionmaking,hebelievesthattheentirefed-eralcriminaljusticearchitecturehasbeeninfectedwithacultureofaggressiveprosecutions.Heisskep-ticalofanyrealchangecomingunderAttorneyGen-eralHolder,becauselikehispredecessorsforthelastfewdecades,Holderbeganhiscareerasafront-line prosecutor.Andthecourts,saysSilverglate,arejustasunlikelytobethesourceofchange.“Judges,ninetimesoutoften,areformerD.O.J.honchos.Giventheinstitutionalmomentumsustainingthesepractices,Silverglatebelievestheonlyrealchangemustcomefromthepoliticalprocess.Tohisgreatsurprise,saysSilverglate,hismessagehashadawidelypositivecross-partyreception,even byfiguresheneverexpectedwouldagreewithhim.“Liberals,libertarians,andRepublicansalikehave beenverypositive,”saysSilverglate.Hismessage,thatthelawshouldprovidegreatertransparencyand prosecutionsbebroughtonlyincasesofclearlycrim-inalconduct,isonethatsupportersofconstitutionalrightsandoflimitedgovernmentcanunitebehind.Withanimpressiverosterofendorsementsfromlegalscholarsandpractitioners,includingAlanDershowitz,SusanEstrich‘77,BruceFein‘72andMichaelS.Greco,
Three Felonies A Day
couldbecomeanim- portantbookinthepublicdebateovertheneedforre-formofthejusticesystemandtheproperroleo prosecutorsinshapingthelaw.
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Minowhasfacedthesechallengesheadonandhasworkedtoaddressstudentconcernsandcreatenewprogramstai-loredtomeetstudentneedsthathavearisenasaresultoftheeconomicdownturn.MygoalsaretohelptheHarvardLawSchoolcontinuetobetheleaderinlegaleducationintheworld,whichin-cludescontinuingtoenhancethestu-dentexperience,continuingtoenhancethefaculty,[and]managingduringaturbulenteconomictime,shesaidinaninterviewwiththe
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inNovember.Althoughfreecoffeeservicewasre-ducedatthebeginningoftheacademicyear,DeanofStudentsEllenCosgroveannouncedinane-mailinNovember thattheschoolwouldmakefreecoffeeavailableinLewisallday,indicatingthechangewasmadeinresponsetostu-dentandfacultycomplaints.Theall-dayservicesupplementsthefreecoffeeinPoundandAustinhallsinthemorn-ingandthefreecoffeeavailableinthelibraryduringlateeveningsandweek-ends.“Wehaveaveryactive,terrificteamhere,andwhenstudentsareunhappyaboutsomething,wetrytorespond,Minowsaid.“CoffeewassomethingIwasdeeply,personallyinvolvedin,andwhenstudentshaveaproblem,wetrytosolveit.”TheiceskatingrinkthatcoveredJarvisFieldduringwintermonthsinre-centyearshasbeenonecasualtyofthe budgetcuts.Minowsaidshewouldbewillingtotalktostudentswhoareupsetaboutthatchange.“I’dlovetotalkwiththemaboutthatcomparedtootherpriorities,”shesaid.Minowsaidtheschoolalsoiscom-mittedtohelping3Lsandalumniwhohavenotbeenabletofindworkduringtheeconomicdownturn.“Iwouldsayit’sallhands-ondeckonthisonevery,veryactiveandvigor-ous,”shesaid.HLSannouncedinOctoberthecre-ationoftheHolmesFellowship,whichwillgiveabout12third-yearstudentsupto$35,000topursuepublicinterestlawintheyearimmediatelyfollowinggraduation,withprioritygiventostu-dentswhoshowtheyhavenotbeenabletosecureanothersourceoffund-ingorjob.Inaddition,MinowsaidOCSandOPIAarefocusingonjobfairsandca-reercounseling,andshehasbeenmeet-ingwithlawfirmsandalumnitoencouragethemtohireHLSstudents.“Itwasthethemeofmyconversa-tionswithalumniduringreunionstoin-creasetheirinvolvementinhelpingcurrentstudentsandalsoalumswhoarelookingforjobs,”Minowsaid.“Peoplewereincrediblyresponsiveandeagertohelp.”Minowalsosaidconstructiononthe NorthwestCornerprojectisaheadof scheduleandunderbudget,althoughshecautionedthatthiscouldchange.TheHarvardCrimsonreportedthattheuniversityrecentlyborrowed$480mil-liontofundcapitalexpenses,includingcompletionofthenewlawschoolfa-cility.Currentfirst-yearstudentsshouldstillbeabletomoveintothebuildingduringthespringoftheir3Lyear,shesaid.“I’vehadthegreatchancetotourthe building,Minowsaid.“It’sanex-tremelyexcitingspacethatisentirelystudentfocusedwithallkindsofmeet-ingroomsofdifferentsizesandagreatflowandasenseofacitywithacentralarteryoramainthoroughfare.It’sgoingtobefantastic.”Minowsaidherexperiencessinceas-sumingthedeanshiphavebeen“intenseandbusyandexciting.”Still,shesaidthethingshemissesmostaboutonlyhavingtheresponsibilitiesofafacultymemberiscontrollingherowntimeandschedule.“Idon’tdothatanymore.Somebodyelseisinchargeofmytime,”Minowsaid.“ButIwouldnotforaminutegiveuptheprivilegeandpleasuresofwork-ingwithstudentsandteachingandwrit-ing.ThereasonItookonthisjobwastotrytohelpotherpeopleandhelpstu-dentsandfacultyhavethegreatoppor-tunitiesthatI’vehad.”B
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Theubiquityofviolentimagesinour societycanleadtotheimpressionthatweliveinanunusuallyviolentera.Moviesandvideogamesdepictinghomicidalgangsters,newsreportsof warsandgenocides,scandalsregardingtorture,anddebatesregardinglegalex-ecutionsallseemtoconveyaworldinwhichdeathistoleratedifnotglorified.ButaccordingtopsychologistandJohnstoneFamilyProfessorStevenPinker,theseoutwardsignsofviolenceobscuretherealhistoricaltrendtowardevergreaterpeacefulcoexistencewhichhasmadethepresentdaythesafesttimeinhumanhistory.OnNovember19th,PinkerspokeinAustinHalltoagroupofburrito-eatinglawstudentsaboutthedatasupportingthetheorythatthepresentdayisthemostpeacefulinhistory.Althoughnoformalrecordsexistformorethanafewcenturiesback,PinkersaysthatnewresearchisrevealingthatthetolltakenonhumanlifebyhomicideandwarwasmuchgreaterinMedievalandRenaissanceEuropethanthepresentday.AstudybyManuelEisnerindi-catesthathomiciderateshavefallenabout40foldfrom24 per100,000individu-alsinthe1200stolessthan0.6pe100,000asofthe1960s.Andevenwithinthepast200years,thedeclineoconventionalwarsof attritionandinterstateconflictingeneralhas broughtthenumberof individualskilledinarmedconflicttolessthan2,000peryearduringthepastdecade,comparedwith65,000peryeaduringthe1950s.Pinkersaysthatitisonlynaturalthatdespitethedeclineinactualviolence-relatedmortalitywecontinuetoper-ceiveourselvesasviolent.NotonlyisitdifficulttoforgettherecentmemoryofwarsincountrieslikeKorea,Viet-nam,Iraq,andAfghanistan,aswellasgenocidesbytheNazis,Serbs,Rwan-dans,andinDarfur,butourowncul-turalvaluesarealeadingindicatorof  progress,alwaysmovingbeyondou presentbehaviortocauseustoreflectnegativelyonourshortcomings.Butinretrospect,theattitudestowardviolencehavemadetremendousprogressinthe past400years.Theabandonmentor abolitionofpracticeslikepublicmuti-lationofanimals,publicexecutions,torture,slavery,rape,andconquestof foreignpeoplehasproducedasocietythatisgenerallylessaccustomedtoandacceptingofanyandallformsofcru-elty.Althoughmanyscholarsandpublicthinkershaveinthepasttoutedthe“noblesavageideaofmodernsociety
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otherwiseunlikelytoinherit.IntheDemocraticpri-marydebates,thecandidateshadscrappedaudiblyoverwhichbestrepresentedacontinuationofthe prominentpoliticalfamily’slegacy.Inasecondad,BrowncontrastshisstanceontaxestoCoakley’s,quotinghersaying“we’vegottogettaxesup”.Coakleyallieshavecriedfoul,sayingBrowntookCoakley’swordsmeanttorefertotaxrevenue,ratherthanratesseverelyoutofcontext.AsimilarcriticismcouldbeappliedtoBrown’sKennedyad,whichreferstoapolicyadoptedbyKennedyduringaperiodofrelativeeconomicpros- perity,whenthecountrydidnotfaceacrisisofbal-looningdebtatleastpartlyattributabletotheenthusiasmfortaxcutsshownundertheGeorgeW.BushadministrationanditsRepublicanCongresses.Duringthatperiod,taxcutsfailedtoincreasesluggishgrowthandjobcreation,problemsthatwereonlyex-acerbatedbytheglobalfinancialcrisisanddeepre-cessionthathavedevelopedinthelastyearandahalf.Coakleyhaslargelychosenthehighroad,however,airingmoreandmoreadsemphasizingherpositivecontributionstofinancialregulationandplanstore-makeWallStreet.Butiftheydisplayafirmgraspof thenationsfinancialandeconomicproblems,Coak-ley’sadslackcharismaandpizzazz.Theyseemun-likelytogenerateenthusiasmforacandidatewhose primaryvictorywaslargelyattributabletostructuralfactors.Theseincludednotonlystatewidenamerecogni-tion(Coakleywastheonlycandidatetohavebeenelectedstatewideandisfromthewesternpartofthestate,boostingherpopularitythere),butherearlyentryintotherace,andextremelylowturnoutinpartduetotheelection’sunorthodoxdate,proximitytotheholidayseason,andevencoldweather.Coakleyalsohadtheadvantageofanestablishedbaseofwomen,whoareeagertoseeherbecomethestate’sfirstfe-malesenator.Ifenthusiasmfortheraceremainsaslowasithad beenintheprimaryperiod,thesesameconditionsshouldleadCoakleytovictoryoncemore.AndMas-sachusetts’registeredDemocratsalsooutnumberRe- publicansmorethanthreetoone.Theexpectedlowturnoutcouldincreasetheprobabilitythatthelong-timefrontrunnerandcandidatewhosepoliticalma-chineisthemostwell-oiledwillbeabletoachievevictory.The
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’spoll,whichwasconductedwithalargersamplesizethanRasmussen’s,andwhich,crucially,sampledlikelyvoters,actuallyshowedCoakleywitha15percentlead.Herleadgrewto17 pointsifthosemerelyleaningtowardvotingforhewereincluded,thepaperreported.AlarminglyforDemocrats,however,thePublicPolicyPolling(PPP)servicehassubsequentlyre- portedapossibleone-pointBrownvictory,usingasamplesizearoundthesamesizeoftheGlobe’s.ThePPPpollalsoseemstoshowthenumberofundecidedvotersshrinking,indicatingthattheyandlikelyotherindependentshadshiftedtoBrown.Accordingtothepressreleaseincludedwiththe poll,entitled“SenateRaceCompetitive,adecliningnumberoflikelyvoterswerethosethathadvotedfoPresidentBarackObama’91in2008,indicatingthatdissatisfactionwithsittingDemocratsmightinfluenceturnout,asithadduringgubernatorialelectionsin NewJerseyandVirginialastfall,whereDemocratswerefelledbyRepublicaninsurgents.NationalRe- publicanshavebeenpointingtothoseraces,andBrown’sgainsinthehithertoimpregnableDemo-craticstrongholdofMassachusetts,asevidenceofitsgoodchancesinthisfallsupcoming2010midtermCongressionalelections.ButabsentfromthePPPpollschoicesisinde- pendentcandidateJoeKennedy,whohasnorelationtotheKennedyfamily,butwhoseconfusingnamemighthavesomeinfluenceontheoutcomeoftherace.TheGlobepollshowedKennedypulling5%.Moreover,PPP,whileaffiliatedwithDemocrats,sharesasuspectphone-touchmethodologywithRas-mussen.
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