The Nation: The Bazelon Court Awaits the Case

When President Nixon appeals Judge John Sirica's demand for the presidential tapes, the case will move this week from the second floor of the U.S. Court House up to the fifth-floor chambers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. There it will be heard either en banc by the court's membership of nine judges or by a three-judge panel selected at random. Considering the importance of the case, the judges may decide that all should assemble.

By reputation, the District of Columbia appeals court is both innovative and liberal—though not...

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