INVESTIGATIONS: The Staff Cox Left Behind

When White House staffers came up with yet another botched tape last week, they faced the attack of a brash and bright lawyer named Richard Ben-Veniste, who, at the age of 30, is the main courtroom performer for the staff of the Special Prosecutor for Watergate. After hearing that the tape was indecipherable, Ben-Veniste urged Judge John J. Sirica to take custody of all the presidential tapes in question to ensure their "integrity" — a request that the judge promptly granted.

It is Ben-Veniste and not the new Special Prosecutor, Leon Jaworski,...

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