Andrew Coan. Photo: Molly Condit

A Book Talk by Andrew Coan, U.of A.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 2:30-3:30 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building

You don’t have to live in the White House to find the history of federal prosecutors in our judicial system fascinating and instructive.  Most of us have found the Robert Mueller investigation of compelling interest, but little has been written on the subject beyond law journals. That has changed.

In the first book on the subject for the general public, Andrew Coan, a professor of law at the University of Arizona specializing in constitutional law, has produced it.  His book, Prosecuting the President: Holding the President Accountable and Protecting the Rule of Law, traces the history of federal prosecutors from the 1870s, when President Ulysses Grant fired the first one.  Since then, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and Donald Trump have endured the presence and power of a special prosecutor.  But that power is limited.

Professor Coan has concluded that “special prosecutors can do much to hold presidents accountable, but they are incapable of saving ourselves from ourselves.  Ultimately only the American people can decide whether the president is above the law.”

Andrew Coan graduated from the University of Wisconsin with honors before getting his law degree at Stanford.  He clerked for Circuit Court Judge Richard Posner in the Seventh Circuit.  He has been on the faculty the University of Arizona Law School since 2014 and is a regular source for the media on constitutional law.  He has written for The Washington Post and The Atlantic, and has been seen on CNN and MSNBC, among others.

Professor Coan will be bringing copies of his book for purchase and signing.

Written by Norm Sherman, Academy Village Volunteer


May 29: “The History of Special Prosecutors”