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Now, Counselor, You Were Saying...
Maker: Paul Conrad; Los Angeles Times
Date Made: 1973
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 35.5 cm x 25.5 cm; 14 in x 10 1/16 in
Main Subject: Richard M. Nixon; Viet Nam War Era; Politicians & Campaigns
Materials: paper (fiber product)
"Now, Counselor, You Were Saying Something About 'Soft-Headed, Permissive' Judges..." Judge Sirica Watergate Conrad [artist signature] © The Los Angeles Times, 1973
Acquisition Number: 2009-221
John Sirica was an U.S. district court judge whose search for the truth about the 1972 Watergate break-in was the first step leading to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. At the trial of the seven Watergate burglars in 1973, presiding Judge Sirica’s close questioning of witnesses led to defendant James McCord’s implicating officials of the Nixon administration in the crime. In two years of Watergate trials that Sirica heard, his most significant ruling was that Nixon was obligated to deliver evidence, including White House tape recordings, in response to a subpoena from the prosecution; the United States Court of Appeals later upheld Sirica. He ordered that the grand-jury report on Nixon be delivered to the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment investigation, and he presided at the trials of Nixon’s closest assistants, including John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman, and John Ehrlichman.
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