THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: The Country Lawyer and Friends


A goodly portion of the nation's lawyers seem to be in considerable anguish over the way the Watergate panel is questioning the witnesses. The letters, calls and telegrams pour in to Committee Chairman Sam Ervin with suggestions for questions, psychological tactics, and denunciations for missing opportunities to bludgeon witnesses to pulp.

In Washington, where there may be more attorneys per square foot than in any other city, the conversations are dominated by legal despair. The lawyers believe Ervin is doing an awful job in crossexamination. Young barristers and law school professors,...

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