The Nation: Wiretapping Wipe-Out

When he was sworn in as Attorney General more than three years ago, John Mitchell vowed that a major goal during his tenure at the Justice Department would be a systematic crackdown on organized crime and the narcotics traffic. Since then, the Government has made an impressive attempt to keep Mitchell's promise, bringing indictments against 4,934 supposed evildoers since 1969. But some of that accomplishment will apparently be undone because Mitchell failed to observe the law governing the authorization of wiretaps. As many as 1,000 defendants could have their cases thrown out of court as a result of improper procedures in...

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