TRIALS: Verdict on Watergate

Federal Judge John J. Sirica once had hopes that the Watergate mystery would be solved in his courtroom. The jury, he told the defendants, "is going to wonder who, if anyone, hired you. They are going to want to know if there are other people, that is, higher-ups in the Republican Party, who are involved in this case. The question will arise, undoubtedly, what was the motive for doing what you people say you did."

The jury took only 90 minutes last week to convict the two remaining defendants (the other five had pleaded guilty). The convicted pair: James W....

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