WATERGATE: The Nixon Dilemma

Watergate Trial Defendant John Ehrlichman looked more chipper than he had in weeks. Asked why by a reporter, he replied: "Well, the sun is shining, it's a beautiful day." Even Ehrlichman joined in the laughter as newsmen suggested a more apt explanation: Federal Judge John J. Sirica had just revealed that Richard Nixon would not be able to testify before the trial is expected to end. Sirica's announcement was based on the findings of three court-appointed physicians who had examined Nixon, as well as the records of his ailments, in California.

It is a mark of the desperate legal gamesmanship...

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