Bruce Ottley, an associate dean at De Paul University College of Law inChicago, woke up one morning last week with a start. On the radio, he heardthat one of his professors, Senior Judge Richard Cudahy, had done somethingdecidedly out of character.

Cudahy, a member of the three-judge panel that appoints independentcounsels, issued a stinging dissent Aug. 18 on whether Kenneth Starr shouldbe allowed to continue his five-year-old probe. Cudahy’s blast came as partof the annual renewal process for independent counsel — a process that untillast week had been rote.

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