We’re all familiar with laws requiring convicted “sex offenders” to register there whereabouts with state authorities. It seems to me there ought to be a public registry to track another class of career criminals — former state officials.
I bring this up because of a press release issued today by the Federal Trade Commission:
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz announced today that Ken Glazer, Senior Deputy Director of the Bureau of Competition, plans to leave the FTC this month.
“Ken is a first-rate lawyer and antitrust thinker,” said Chairman Leibowitz. “We are grateful for his service to the public, his contribution to the Commission’s competition mission, and his willingness to help with the transition.”
Glazer joined the Commission in April 2006 as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Competition. In this role, he has been a key member of the management team overseeing the approximately 200-lawyer Bureau. He has also represented the FTC in a number of international gatherings.
Glazer helped oversee the agency’s challenges to several merger transactions including Whole Foods/Wild Oats, Redsky Sky Holdings/Newpark Resources, Polypore/Microporous, and Ovation Pharmaceuticals. He has also played a major role in supervising the Bureau’s pharmaceutical pay-for-delay settlement program, helping to supervise court challenges in Cephalon (Provigil) and Watson (Androgel). He also helped oversee the agency’s review of hospital mergers, including Inova/Prince William.
Glazer helped supervise the Bureau’s real estate program, including seven consent decrees and one Part III case (Realcomp), the standard-setting program, and single-firm conduct and state-action cases. He was instrumental in obtaining consent decrees regarding numerous merger transactions, and in key anticompetitive conduct cases such as Missouri State Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors, Motor Oil Importers of Puerto Rico, Negotiated Data Solutions, TALX Corporation, Boulder Valley Independent Practice Association, and National Association of Musical Merchants.
In summary, Mr. Glazer violated the property, due process and other constitutional rights of dozens of companies. In the Whole Foods case, just to use one example, he supervised the theft of entire stores from the company. In all of these cases, he was the aggressor against individuals who committed no crime. Under a libertarian standard of justice, he is a career criminal, no different that a serial arsonist or a bank robber.
The FTC’s statement made no mention of Mr. Grazer’s future employment. Most likely he will end up as a highly-compensated partner at a law firm with a large antitrust practice. There, he will advise some of the companies he prosecuted at the FTC while helping others negotiate their own
surrenders consent decrees with the government. Or perhaps he’ll end up teaching antitrust at some esteemed university — maybe George Mason University, which despite its libertarian reputation has long been a haven for FTC criminals-turned-professors. Either way, he will profit from his crimes.
It would be nice if corporate directors took a stand against this by refusing to hire law firms that employed ex-FTC officials. It would be nice if universities refused to hire — and protect the “academic freedom” of — professors who participated in the violent suppression of property and free speech rights while serving the state. Heck, it would be nice if people simply had the courage to stand up and say, “No, it’s not okay to work for agencies like the FTC.”