TRIALS: What, Never? No, Never, Never

For three weeks, the Government had labored mightily with 24 witnesses to establish its charges of conspiracy and obstructing justice against onetime Nixon Cabinet Officers John Mitchell and Maurice Stans. The prosecution seemed to be getting nowhere until last week, when two former high-ranking federal officials who had been at the center of the action took the stand. G. Bradford Cook, onetime counsel and chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and John W. Dean III, once the trusted counsel to the President, offered damning testimony against Mitchell, 60, and Stans,...

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