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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

Sex, Lies, and Audiotape: Moral Turpitude and the American Presidency

This report asks whether President Clinton has breached his moral duty to the American people. The first section of the paper addresses the legal/political question of whether there is a moral turpitude clause in the President's "contract" with the American people. Secondly, the paper defines moral turpitude generally, and in a presidential context, and discusses how and why the President should be held accountable for his actions under a moral turpitude clause. The third section of the paper addresses the possibilities for enforcement of such a clause, including: the role of public opinion, impeachment, the special prosecutor, and the institutional interplay between the three. The final section of the paper addresses the political implications of the allegations levied against the Clinton administration for the presidential election in 2000.

-- Author's foreword.