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NCJ Number: 137112 Find in a Library
Title: From Wedtech and Iran-Contra to the Riots at Oakdale and Atlanta: On the Ethics and Public Performance of Edwin Meese III
Journal: Journal of Crime and Justice  Volume:14  Issue:2  Dated:(1991)  Pages:123- 147
Author(s): M S Hamm
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on official documents, published research, and news releases, this study assesses the relationship between ethical behavior and organizational effectiveness, using the case study of former Attorney General Edwin Meese III as an example.
Abstract: Meese's personal ethical problems stemmed from his involvement in the Wedtech scandal, when he was accused of various financial improprieties. In his public capacity, Meese came under fire in November 1987 for his alleged role in the Iran-Contra affair; he failed to give President Reagan sound legal advice, did not investigate the scandal fully, and may have participated in a cover-up. Several days after this story broke in the press, 3,000 Federal prisoners who had arrived in the U.S. on the Mariel boatlifts from Cuba took 130 other inmates hostages in 2 prisons in protest of a diplomatic accord that would have deported them. This author contends that the same character flaws which were apparent in Meese through the Wedtech and Iran-Contra investigations led to serious mismanagement of the prison riots. Progress toward a resolution of the riots occurred only when Meese began to lose authority as a negotiator. The ethics-effectiveness model is explored in relation to the Meese case study. 4 notes and 41 references
Main Term(s): Corruption of public officials; Prison disorders
Index Term(s): Attorney General; Professional conduct and ethics
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