WATERGATE: Arguments on the Eve of a Verdict

At 2:47 p.m. last Thursday, Judge John J. Sirica adjusted his black robe, settled himself in his red leather chair and ordered: "Call the jury." With that began the penultimate public act of the Watergate trial. In ten weeks, the jury had heard complicated and often contradictory testimony from more than 80 witnesses, the playing of 34 White House tapes and the presentation of more than 200 documents. Now it was time for the lawyers' final arguments before Sirica turns the case over to the jury, probably on the day after Christmas....

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