The Law: A Prosecutor General?

For much of the time, Watergate has seemed to be a tangle of crimes in search of a prosecutor. So far, four different permanent and temporary groups—with some overlapping lawyers—have succeeded to the task of running the overall Washington investigation. Last week the Senate was still stirring the mix as two bills were reported out of committee. One would approve the latest Administration choice, Leon Jaworski; the other would authorize the judiciary to appoint a special prosecutor.

The continuing uncertainty swirls around one constant: the U.S. system is not very thoughtfully set up for...

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