The Law: Is the President Legal Chief?

The United States v. Richard Nixon —the very title of the unprecedented case now before the Supreme Court suggests a legal conundrum, a theoretical exercise for law professors. The U.S. as party to a lawsuit has always been represented by a lawyer subordinate to the President. So how can the President's own man be suing Richard Nixon? That critical question is a vital element of Nixon's defense.

Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski wants the Supreme Court to require the President to supply 64 specific tapes considered relevant to the Watergate investigation. The President contends that...

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