The Law: Watergate Issues, 1 Is Publicity Dangerous?

The nightmare begins with a very proper prosecutor facing a panel of potential jurors. "This case grows out of the so-called Watergate affair," he is saying. "A ny of you who have read anything about the case—or heard radio or TV broadcasts about it—will be excused from the jury." The nightmare ends when no qualified U.S. citizen can be found to sit in the jury box.

Last week Archibald Cox, the special Watergate prosecutor, outlined a muted version of just that nightmare as he asked Senator Sam Ervin's select Watergate committee to postpone its...

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