The Nation: The Case Against Agnew

In agreeing to a negotiated plea, the Government would commonly file away forever the sheaf of evidence amassed against a defendant for possible trial purposes. Attorney General Elliot Richardson insisted that a full summary of the Government's case against the Vice President be attached to the court record and thus made public. Agnew reluctantly agreed, later pointing out that he did not admit to any of the allegations contained in the document. Nevertheless, the extraordinary, 40-page "exposition" prepared by U.S. Attorney George Beall and his staff constitutes a tightly woven, damning case against Agnew. Its high points:

The Government stated that its...

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