- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr's legal background certainly qualified him to pen a book about the Supreme Court.
What impressed guests at Monday's party for just such an endeavor, Mr. Starr's "First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life," was how the author boiled down the legal jargon into easily digestible prose.
The book examines the high court's work over the past 30 years, paying close attention to the era of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and the 2000 Bush vs. Gore election debate.
"He brings his love of the Supreme Court to people who are not lawyers," said former Justice Department official Victoria Toensing, one of the guests who attended the reception at the McLean home of Diana and Robert Bork Jr.
Mrs. Toensing's verdict echoed the thoughts of many guests who already had had a sneak peek at the book.
It's difficult to write something that is legally sound while making it understandable to the general public, but Mr. Starr's book does just that, pronounced Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson, looking casual but stylish in a rich brown suede jacket.
Among the crowd lining up for copies of the book were Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson, publisher Alfred Regnery and American Spectator Editor in Chief R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
Mr. Tyrrell applauded Mr. Starr not only for his recent effort, but for "The Starr Report" as well, which chronicled his work as the Whitewater investigation's independent counsel.
"Now he's shown he's capable of writing not only literary ribaldry, but keen insight into the Supreme Court," Mr. Tyrrell observed.
The star of the evening praised the court for settling the 2000 election debacle, a case that had "badly spiraled out of control."
Mr. Starr said he wrote the book not only to revisit that case, but to illustrate the Supreme Court's efforts toward equality.
"My whole goal was to make it accessible to the lay reader," he noted, "but if lawyers read it, I won't be upset."


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