THE JUDICIARY: The Judge Commands the President

It was only fitting that John J. Sirica should decide the controversy over the Watergate tapes. It was Sirica who had presided over the original trial of the Watergate burglars. It was Sirica who had protested that the whole truth had not been told in his courtroom. It was Sirica who broke open the case last spring by threatening maximum sentences but offering to review the penalties if the defendants talked—as James McCord eventually did. Now, after studying the lengthy briefs and arguments presented by Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and White House Attorney Charles Alan Wright, Sirica knew that...

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