The actual cost in dollars of former U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan's failed prosecution of Dr. Cyril Wecht is irrelevant to me ("Buchanan, Wecht Spat Provokes Mega Hurts on Radio," Feb. 19). I am more concerned about the real cost.
The real cost of her efforts is that the integrity of the office she served is now, whether right or wrong, being questioned by citizens.
And what of her threat to sue a talk show host for defamation? That suit would be frivolous, in my opinion (I'm a trial lawyer). If the Wecht debacle taught Ms. Buchanan anything, it should have been that being a bulldog doesn't work -- not when you hold the power of the office of the United States attorney, and certainly not now when you're asking citizens for their vote.
PATRICK J. LOUGHREN