The Nation: Judge Sirica: The First Test

As much as any man, Judge John J. Sirica, 69, is responsible for what the nation is learning about Watergate. It was he who presided over the trial of the Watergate Seven and, by delaying sentencing, persuaded James McCord to break ranks with his fellow convicted burglars and talk in hopes of a lesser jail term. Watergate has been unraveling in full view ever since. Fittingly, it has fallen to Judge Sirica to referee this week the first full round in the battle for the White House tapes, now under subpoena by both the...

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