WATERGATE: Stiff Sentences

After he heard his sentence read from the bench last week by U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell, John Ehrlichman momentarily lost his usual steely grip on himself. Standing glumly erect as he listened to the judge's words, Emiichman returned silently to the witness table when Gesell finished, reached out to steady himself on the back of his chair, then slowly sank down into his seat. Gesell had just sentenced the former White House domestic adviser to three concurrent prison terms of 20 months to five years each—for one count of conspiracy in...

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